For the first time since winning the Heisman Trophy, Robert Griffin III will take the field, this time leading Baylor the Valero Alamo Bowl.
Thousands of fans made the trip south to watch the Bears face off against the Washington Huskies Thursday in what could be Baylor’s first Bowl win in over a decade. This year, the venue even added seats to meet the increased ticket demand.
Some Bears fans who live in Texas feel that they've already scored a win because the game is being played so close to home.
"It's been a great culmination to a great football season for the Bears. Our quarterback won the Heisman Trophy and won nine games," Baylor fan Duane Davis said. “It's generated a lot of pride as a Baylor fan that has kind of been lost over the last several years because the football team has struggled so much."
The draw of the crowd has set the city of San Antonio up for its own win.
Those with the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce say in the last 18 years college football fans have brought in nearly $350 million to the area.
"In 2010, the Valero Alamo Bowl pulled in $56 million in total economic impact. That translates into $32 million in direct consumer spending," Becky Bridges with the Chamber of Commerce said. "The Big 12 offers a lot of close fans, we get that with Texas A&M and, of course, Baylor and all that they bring with the Heisman Trophy winner."
Kickoff for the much-anticipated matchup is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. Thursday.
YNN's Joaquin Sanchez filed a preview of the game.
YNN: Baylor, Washington set for clash at Valero Alamo Bowl
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