Baylor rolls over Boise State 31-12 at Cactus Bowl (Dec 28, 2016)

PHOENIX (AP) Baylor played all season under the shadow of a sexual assault scandal that cost coach Art Briles his job last May. The Bears lost their prolific quarterback to a gruesome ankle injury and spiraled downward with a long losing streak.

Winning a bowl game in a rout won’t wash any of that away, but it sure was nice to end a difficult season on a positive note.

KD Cannon had 14 catches for a Cactus Bowl-record 226 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Bears close out a challenging season with a 31-12 victory over Boise State on Tuesday night.

”We just had to prove a point,” Cannon said. ”Coming off a bad season, we had to finish strong for Baylor Nation and coach Briles.”

Despite the lingering sexual assault scandal, Baylor (7-6) managed to play well to start the season, winning its first six games. Once the season turned, it was hard to get it back.

Quarterback Seth Russell suffered a season-ending ankle injury, the scandal carried on and the losses piled up, six straight to end the regular season.

The Bears went out with a win by revving up their quick-hitting offense again behind freshman quarterback Zach Smith, who threw for 375 yards and three scores.

”I couldn’t be more proud of these guys,” Baylor

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