Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III moved to second place in today’s updated version of the Scripps Howard News Service Heisman Trophy Poll, grabbing four of 10 available first-place votes.
Griffin trails Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, the season-long leader who received five first-place mentions. But Griffin gained significant ground on the strength his career-best 515 yards of total offense in Saturday's 45-38 upset of then-No. 5 Oklahoma. Griffin finished with 34 points from the 10-member voting panel, five behind Luck (39).
The poll has correctly predicted the Heisman winner in 20 of its 24 seasons, including last year. No. 18 Baylor (7-3, 4-3 in Big 12) meets Texas Tech (5-6, 2-6) at 6 p.m. Saturday at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
A full look at the poll:
Player, School, Season Stats, Poll Points (first-place votes)
1. QB Andrew Luck, Stanford, 2,937 passing yards, 70.3 comp. pct., 31 passing TDs, 39 (5)
2. QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor, 3,572 passing yards, 72.9 comp. pct., 33 passing TDs, 34 (4)
3. RB Trent Richardson, Alabama, 1,380 rushing yds, 20 rushing TDs, 28 (1)
4. QB Case Keenum, Houston, 4,269 passing yds, 73.4 comp. pct., 38 passing TDs, 15
5. QB Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State, 4,111 passing yds, 73.0 comp. pct., 34 passing TDs, 13
Others receiving votes: USC QB Matt Barkley 12, Boise State QB Kellen Moore 5, Wisconsin RB Montee Ball, 3, Wisconsin QB Russell Wilson 1
Voters: Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman; Randy Beard, Evansville Courier and Press; Jimmy Burch, Fort Worth Star-Telegram; Bob Condotta, Seattle Times; Dennis Dodd, CBSSportsline.com; Vahe Gregorian, St. Louis Post-Dispatch; John Helsley, The Oklahoman; Mike Griffith, Knoxville News-Sentinel; Michael Lewis, Salt Lake Tribune; and Tom Luicci, Newark Star-Ledger.
_ Jimmy Burch