Four Heisman contenders were in high profile games on Saturday, Only one made the necessary Heisman statement.
Auburn's dual-threat quarterback Cam Newton was sensational in a 65-43 win over No. 12 Arkansas. Newton rushed for 188 yards and three touchdowns on 25 carries. He also completed 10 of 14 passes for 140 yards and a touchdown. The Tigers are 7-0 and will move up in the polls after losses by Ohio State and Nebraska.
Without Newton, Auburn is not 7-0 and not a top 5 team (Auburn is No. 7 at this moment). He is that important to his team's success. He has accounted for 25 touchdowns this season. And Newton has another shot to make another Heisman statement next Saturday when unbeaten LSU comes to town.
As of now, I'd say my top three Heisman contenders are Newton, Kellen Moore of Boise State and Oregon's LaMichael James.
Here's how the other Heisman contenders fared on Saturday:
Denard Robinson, Michigan
Stats: 13 of 18 for 96 yards and an interception, 105 yards on 18 carries
Result: L, 38-28 to Iowa
Impact: Robinson injured his shoulder after getting popped on a run and left the game for good in the third quarter. This is the second straight subpar game for Robinson. By saying subpar, I mean not the type of game Robinson had during the first five weeks of the season. Rich Rodriguez said after the game that Robinson should be OK to play at Penn State on Oct. 30. But you have to wonder how much more punishment Robinson can take the remainder of the season? He's already been banged up at various points.
Taylor Martinez, Nebraska
Stats: 4 of 12 for 63 yards, season-low 21 yards on 13 carries
Result: L, 20-13 to Texas
Impact: Martinez just couldn't crack the Texas defense and was pulled in the third quarter in favor of Zac Lee. Meanwhile, Texas quarterback Garrett Gilbert, not known for his running, rushed for 71 yards and two touchdowns. A crushing loss for Nebraska in its quest for a spot in the national title game. But it's also a crushing loss in the heated rivalry with Texas, especially after last season's Big 12 title game. Mack Brown continues his mastery over Nebraska, which didn't want to depart the Big 12 this way.
Terrelle Pryor, Ohio State
Stats: 14 of 28 for 156 yards and an interception, 56 yards on 18 carries
Result: L, 31-18 to Wisconsin
The impact: Pryor played well during parts of this game, especially in the third quarter when he helped lead Ohio State back into the game. But he couldn't hit a deep score to DeVier Posey or Dane Sanzenbacher as Ohio State was playing catch-up all night. Pryor really had to work for his yards on the ground. The loss undoubtedly hurts Ohio State's chances at a shot for the the national title. Plus, the Buckeyes stil have to go to Iowa City to play the Hawkeyes, which did a good job of containing Denard Robinson today.