Following Loss, Geno Smith is Still Favorite to Win Heisman

By Steve LeMaster

The West Virginia Mountaineers were stunned on the road in Lubbock over the weekend, losing to the Texas Tech Red Raiders. West Virginia suffered its first loss and the team’s highly-touted quarterback passed for only one touchdown. The opposing field general, Texas Tech quarterback Seth Doege, threw for six touchdowns and 499 yards.  But don’t dismiss West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith as the frontrunner for the Heisman Trophy Award. Smith remains the favorite to win the Heisman.

Smith completed 29 of 55 passes for 275 yards and one touchdown on Saturday as No. 5 West Virginia fell to unranked Texas Tech. He continues to be the frontrunner for in the race for the Heisman. However, Smith’s performance versus Texas Tech allowed some of college football’s other top players to steal some of the spotlight.

Smith’s numbers for the season are still stellar. He has passed for 2,271 yards and 25 touchdowns with no interceptions. Smith is averaging 378.5 yards per game, which is second in the nation.

Fellow quarterbacks Braxton Miller (Ohio State Buckeyes) and Collin Klein (Kansas State Wildcats) are gaining in the Heisman race. Miller has passed for 1,271 yards and 11 touchdowns. The versatile Ohio State quarterback has also rushed for 912 yards and nine touchdowns. Klein has passed for 1,074 yards and seven touchdowns. The Kansas State quarterback has rushed for 510 yards and 10 touchdowns.

If a defender pushes through and knocks Smith out of the top spot for the Heisman it’ll be Manti Te’o (Notre Dame Fighting Irish). The dominant linebacker has registered 59 tackles and three interceptions for undefeated Notre Dame.

Smith will have an opportunity to win over more Heisman voters later in the week when he matches up against Klein as in a battle of Heisman hopefuls. At the same time, Smith will need to outduel Klein. West Virginia will host Kansas State at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 20.


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