Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers runs the ball against the James Madison Dukes during a game at FedExField on September 15, 2012 in Landover, Maryland.
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Don't look now, Geno: Braxton and Collin are gaining on you.
Coming off his worst performance of the season -- and West Virginia's first defeat -- Mountaineers quarterback Geno Smith saw his lead in the Scripps Heisman Poll shrink to just eight points this week.
Smith threw for 255 yards and one touchdown in West Virginia's 49-14 loss to Texas Tech last Saturday. Smith has 38 points in this week's Scripps Heisman Poll as just five of the 10 voters picked him first, down from nine last week.
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller is second with 30 points, including one first-place vote. Miller threw for 211 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for 149 yards and a touchdown in the Buckeyes' 52-49 win over Indiana.
Four other players received a first-place vote, including Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein. Klein threw for 187 yards and rushed for 105 yards and three touchdowns in the Wildcats' 27-21 victory over Iowa State. He is third in this week's Heisman Poll with 28 points.
Also receiving a first-place vote were Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o (16 points overall), Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (15 points), and Oregon wide receiver/running back/kick returner De'Anthony Thomas (11 points).
The Scripps poll is the longest running Heisman poll in the nation. Since its inception in 1987, it has correctly picked the Heisman winner in its final weekly poll 21 of 25 years, including Robert Griffin III last year. Ten Heisman voters each selected five players this week, and points are awarded on a 5-4-3-2-1 basis, with five points for a first-place vote, four points for second, etc.
This week's top five:
Player, School, Season Stats, Poll Points (first-place votes in parentheses).
1. QB Geno Smith, West Virginia, 2,271 passing yards, 75.3 completion pct., 25 TDs, 0 interceptions, 71 rushing yards, 1 TD, 38 (5)
2. QB Braxton Miller, Ohio State, 1,271 passing yards, 60.4 completion pct., 11 TDs, 4 ints., 912 rushing yards, 9 TDs, 30 (1)
3. QB Collin Klein, Kansas State, 1,074 passing yards, 66.9 completion pct., 7 TDs, 2 ints., 510 rushing yards, 10 TDs, 28 (1)
4. LB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame, 59 tackles, 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered, 16 (1)
5. QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M, 1,680 passing yards, 67.4 completion pct., 14 TDs, 3 ints., 676 rushing yards, 10 TDs, 15 (1)
Others receiving votes: Oregon RB/WR/KR De'Anthony Thomas 11 (1), Texas Tech QB Seth Doege 4, Wisconsin RB Montee Ball 3, USC QB Matt Barkley 2, Alabama QB AJ McCarron 2, Georgia QB Aaron Murray 1
Last week's top five:
1. QB Geno Smith, West Virginia, 49 (9)
2. QB Collin Klein, Kansas State, 26
3. QB Braxton Miller, Ohio State, 23 (1)
4. RB/WR/KR De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon, 21
5. LB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame, 10
Voters: Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman; Randy Beard, Evansville Courier & Press; Jimmy Burch, Fort Worth Star-Telegram; Bob Condotta, Seattle Times; Dennis Dodd, CBSSports.com; Vahe Gregorian, St. Louis Post-Dispatch; John Helsley, The Oklahoman; Mike Griffith, Knoxville News-Sentinel; Todd Jones, Columbus Dispatch, and Michael C. Lewis, Salt Lake Tribune.
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