Earlier this week we profiled five players that separated themselves from the pack in the race for the Heisman Trophy. In Week 6, four of our five players-to-watch were in action so let's take a look at what they did to help their case.
Luck’s only blemish from Week 6 was that he threw his second interception of the season, although that’s somewhat of a deceptive stat as the ball went through his receiver’s hands. Luck finished 26 for 33 for a season-high 370 yards and even converted a critical third-and-26 during the second quarter. This was Luck’s second 300-yard game of the season and fifth of his career. Luck improves to 25-5 as a starter and now has the most wins by a starting quarterback in school history.
Trent Richardson rushed for 107 yards and a touchdown as he reached the century mark for the fifth straight game. The 107 yards are the fewest during the streak, but he is one 100-yard game shy of tying the school record held by Shaun Alexander in 1999. For the season Richardson has 729 rush yards which is the second-most in the SEC.
It was a good news/bad news day for Griffin. Good news: he completed his first 11 passes to start the game, his fifth streak of 10 or more consecutive completions this season. Bad news: he tied a season-high with eight incomplete passes. Good news: he ran for a season-high 107 yards, his sixth career 100-yard rush game. Bad news: he threw for a season-low 212 yards. When it was all said and done Griffin became the school’s career leader in passing attempts passing Shawn Bell (914).
The day got off to a rocky start as Robinson threw three interceptions in the first half. He finished strong accounting for 454 yards of total offense and four touchdowns (two pass, two rush) while leading the Wolverines to their first 6-0 start since 2006. This marked the fifth consecutive game in which Robinson has accounted for at least three scores. His 337 pass yards were just one yard short of his season high and his 65.4 completion percent was also his second-best this season. Robinson’s 117 rush yards moved him into a tie for seventh-most 100-yard rush games in Michigan history.
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On the road and against a tough Fresno State team, Moore completed just under 75 percent of his passes (23 for 31) to the tune of 254 yards and three touchdowns. All three touchdowns came in the first half marking the third time this season that Moore threw for three or more touchdowns in a half. His day also had some historical perspective as Moore moved past Danny Wuerffel and Timmy Chang into sole possession of sixth in FBS history with 116 career touchdown passes. Plus Moore improved to 43-2 as a starter, and is now two behind Colt McCoy for the most wins in FBS history.
First and foremost Jones lead Oklahoma as they beat Texas in back-to-back years for the first time since winning five straight from 2000-2004. He finished with 365 yards and three touchdowns on the day (305 in first half). Jones completed 69.2 percent of his passes and threw two touchdowns when Texas sent a blitz. It was Jones' highest completion percentage against the blitz this season.