The 2015 Heisman Trophy tracker, week 3: Different results for a Ute, a Cougar and an Aggie

Another exciting weekend of college football saw huge upsets, crazy comebacks and fantastic finishes. There were some big-time performances, disappointing showings and more injuries. Along the way, some of the early season favorites for the Heisman have fallen off while others have stepped up to enter their names in the running for the game’s biggest individual prize.

Here is a look at how the top contenders for the Heisman Trophy performed during the third weekend. 

Off the list

Chuckie Keeton, quarterback, senior, Utah State

Keeton had a rough go of it as the Aggies lost 31-17 to Washington. He completed 17 of 33 passes for 171 yards and two interceptions. On the season, he has completed 54.5 percent of his throws for 537 yards and two touchdowns to go along with 23 carries for 75 yards on the ground.

Up next is a bye week before the Aggies start MWC play against Colorado State.

Gunner Kiel, quarterback, junior, Cincinnati

Kiel left the game with a concussion, according to ESPN.com as the Bearcats came from behind to beat the RedHawks 37-33. Before the injury, he had completed 15 of 26 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown. On the season he has completed 63 percent of his throws for 805 yards and five touchdowns.

Up next for the Bearcats is a road trip to face the Memphis Tigers on Thursday.

Cardale Jones, quarterback, junior, Ohio State

Jones had a miserable outing before he was replaced by J.T. Barrett as the Buckeyes outlasted Northern Illinois 20-13. He completed just 4 of 9 passes for 36 yards and two interceptions. On the season, he had completed 56.5 percent of his throws for 334 yards and two touchdowns. He also has 21 carries for 115 yards and a score on the ground.

Up next is a matchup with Western Michigan on Saturday.

Pharoh Cooper, wide receiver, junior, South Carolina

Cooper didn’t have a good night as the Gamecocks got drilled 52-20 by the Georgia Bulldogs. He had one catch for 6 yards with five carries for 34 yards. On the season, he has 13 receptions for 151 yards and a touchdown with nine carries for 54 yards.

Up next for South Carolina is a battle with Central Florida on Saturday.

Josh Rosen, quarterback, freshman, UCLA

Rosen had a miserable night, but Paul Perkins carried the load as the Bruins beat BYU 24-23. He completed 11 of 23 passes for 106 yards and a touchdown with three interceptions. On the season, he has completed 61 percent of his throws for 680 yards with five touchdowns and four interceptions.

Up next is a matchup with the Arizona Wildcats.

New to the list 

Tyler Boyd, wide receiver, junior, Pittsburgh

Boyd had his second double-digit reception performance in as many weeks as the Panthers lost 27-24 to Iowa. He caught 10 passes for 131 yards, including an 8-yard touchdown. On the season, he has 21 catches for 226 yards and a score.

Up next is a bye week before the Panthers matchup with Virginia Tech.

Jahad Thomas, running back, junior, Temple

Thomas got it done on the ground and through the air as Temple improved to 3-0 on the season with a 25-23 win over Massachusetts. He carried the ball 25 times for 66 yards and a touchdown while adding five catches for 67 yards. On the season, he has 80 carries for 394 yards and four touchdowns as well as seven receptions for 84 yards.

Up next for Thomas and the Owls is a week off before a game against Charlotte.

Jordan Howard, running back, junior, Indiana

Howard had another monster game as the Hoosiers knocked off Western Kentucky 38-35. He had 31 carries for 203 yards and three catches for 38 yards. On the season, he has totaled 78 carries for 507 yards and three touchdowns to go along with six catches for 68 yards.

Up next for Howard and the Hoosiers is an ACC test at Wake Forest.

Matt Johnson, quarterback, senior, Bowling Green

Johnson had another huge performance even though the Falcons dropped a 44-41 decision to the Memphis Tigers. He completed 28 of 44 passes for 443 yards and four touchdowns while adding 41 yards and a score in the running game. On the season, he has completed 61.5 percent of his throws for 1,358 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Up next is a matchup with the Purdue Boilermakers on Saturday.

Daniel Braverman, wide receiver, junior, Western Michigan

Braverman had another monster outing as the Broncos knocked off Murray State 52-20. He caught 14 passes for 167 yards, including touchdown catches of 17 and 20 yards. On the season, he has 40 receptions for 398 yards and three scores.

Up next for Western Michigan is a test with Ohio State.

Baker Mayfield, quarterback, junior, Oklahoma

Mayfield had his best game with the Sooners as Oklahoma best Tulsa 52-38. He completed 32 of 38 passes for 487 yards and four touchdowns. He added 13 carries for 85 yards and two more scores in the running game. On the season, he has completed 67.3 percent of his throws for 1,062 yards and 10 touchdowns to go along with 139 yards and four scores on the ground.

Up next for th Sooners is a bye week before they start Big 12 play.

JuJu Smith-Schuster, wide receiver, sophomore, USC

Smith-Schuster had a big game even though the Trojans lost 41-31 to Stanford. He finished with eight catches for 153 yards, including a 54-yard touchdown catch. On the season, he has 22 catches for 434 yards and four touchdowns.

Up next is another tough Pac-12 contest with Arizona State.

The holdovers

Royce Freeman, running back, sophomore, Oregon

Freeman had a light day as the Ducks hammered the Georgia State Panthers 61-28. He finished with 10 carries for 101 yards and a touchdown to go along with two receptions for 3 yards. On the season, he has carried the ball 55 times for 373 yards and five scores. He also has seven catches for 55 yards.

Up next is battle with the Utah Utes on Saturday.

Josh Doctson, wide receiver, senior, TCU

Doctson had his best game of the year as TCU beat SMU 56-37. He caught five passes for 171 yards, including touchdown receptions of 29 and 42 yards. On the season, he has 17 receptions for 326 yards and three touchdowns.

Up next is a road matchup with Texas Tech.

Paul Perkins, running back, senior, UCLA

Perkins had a massive night as the Bruins came from beyond to knock off the BYU Cougars 24-23. He finished with 26 carries for a career-high 219 yards and a touchdown. On the season, he has carried the ball 58 times for 429 yards and three touchdowns with seven catches for 82 yards.

Up next is Pac-12 contest at Arizona.

Devon Johnson, running back, senior, Marshall

Johnson had a nice day as the Thundering Herd beat Norfolk State 45-7. He finished with 22 carries for 122 yards and a touchdown. On the season, he has carried the ball 54 times for 381 yards and three touchdowns with five catches for 51 yards and another score.

Up next for the Thundering Herd is a matchup with Kent State.

Derrick Henry, running back, junior, Alabama

Henry had another solid performance in a losing effort as Alabama fell 43-37 to Mississippi. He finished with 23 carries for 127 yards while adding five catches for 39 yards. On the season, he has carried the ball 54 times for 370 yards and seven touchdowns as well as seven receptions for 51 yards.

Up next is a break from the SEC when the Crimson Tide face Louisiana Monroe.

Corey Davis, wide receiver, junior, Western Michigan

Davis had a huge performance as the Broncos crushed Murray State 52-20. He totaled six catches for 139 yards, including touchdown receptions of 56 and 14 yards. On the season, he has 18 catches for 309 yards and three touchdowns.

Up next is a road test against the Ohio State Buckeyes on Saturday.

Ray Lawry, running back, sophomore, Old Dominion

Lawry struggled on the ground as the Monarchs fell 38-14 to North Carolina State. He totaled 11 carries for 15 yards, but added two catches for 71 yards and a touchdown. On the season, he has carried the ball 70 times for 453 yards and six touchdowns with one receiving score.

Up next is a matchup with Appalachian State on Saturday.

Jared Goff, quarterback, junior, Cal

Goff had a nice showing as the Bears held on to beat the Texas Longhorns 45-44. He completed 27 of 37 passes for 268 yards, including touchdown passes of 6, 17 and 3 yards. On the season, he has completed 73.1 percent of his throws for 898 yards and nine touchdowns.

Up next is a road test against the Washington Huskies.

Brandon Doughty, quarterback, senior, Western Kentucky

Doughty had another big passing day, but it wasn’t enough as the Hilltoppers lost 38-35 to Indiana. He completed 35 of 46 passes for 484 yards and three touchdowns. On the season, he has completed 72 percent of his throws for 1,134 yards and five touchdowns.

Up next for Western Kentucky is a game with Miami (Ohio).

Dalvin Cook, running back, sophomore, Florida State

After back-to-back huge games, Cook came back down to earth in the Seminoles 14-0 win over Boston College. He carried the ball 15 times for 54 yards while adding two catches. On the season, he has 64 carries for 476 yards and five touchdowns.

Up next for Florida State is a bye before a road matchup with Wake Forest.

Tanner Mangum, quarterback, freshman, BYU

Mangum had a solid night, but threw a late interception as the Cougars fell 24-23 to UCLA. He completed 30 of 47 passes for 244 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown. On the season, he has completed 62.7 percent of his throws for 664 yards and four touchdowns as well as a rushing score.

Up next is a matchup with the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday.

Leonard Fournette, running back, sophomore, LSU 

Fournette had an amazing showing as LSU ran all over Auburn 45-21. He finished with 19 carries for 228 yards and three touchdowns with one reception for nine yards. On the season, he has carried the ball 47 times for 387 yards and six touchdowns.

Up next for the Tigers is a trip to face Syracuse.

Devontae Booker, running back, senior, Utah

Booker had his best showing of the young season as the Utes beat Fresno State 45-24. He carried the ball 31 times for 156 yards and a touchdown to go along with five catches for 56 yards. On the season, he has 84 carries for 345 yards and four touchdowns with 14 catches for 126 yards.

Up next is another road game against the Oregon Ducks.

William Fuller, wide receiver, junior, Notre Dame

Fuller had a big day as the Fighting Irish beat the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 30-22. He totaled six catches for 131 yards, including a 46-yard touchdown. On the season, he has caught 18 passes for 397 yards and five touchdowns.

Up next is a matchup with Massachusetts on Saturday.

Connor Cook, quarterback, senior,  Michigan State

Cook had a great day as the Spartans beat up Air Force 35-21. He completed 15 of 23 passes for 247 yards, including touchdown throws of 15, 28, 32 and 21 yards. On the season, he has completed 58.1 percent of his passes for 695 yards and eight touchdowns.

Up next for Michigan State is a matchup with Central Michigan on Saturday.

Corey Coleman, wide receiver, junior, Baylor

Coleman and the bears had a bye after they started the season with two straight wins. On the year, he has 11 catches for 360 yards and five touchdowns.

Up next is a matchup with the Rice Owls on Saturday.

Seth Russell, quarterback, junior, Baylor

Russell and Baylor had the week off to prepare for a matchup with Rice. On the season, he has completed 59.4 percent of his passes for 718 yards and nine touchdowns. He has added eight carries for 64 yards and another score.

Braxton Miller, wide receiver, senior, Ohio State

Miller was nearly non-existent as the Buckeyes escaped with a 20-13 win over the Huskies. He completed one pass for three yards while carry the ball four times for seven yards. On the season, he has five catches for 95 yards and a touchdown to go along with 17 carries for 125 yards and a score.

Up next is a matchup with Western Michigan on Saturday.

Deshaun Watson, quarterback, sophomore, Clemson

Watson did just enough as the Tigers escaped with a 20-17 win over Louisville on Thursday night. He completed 21 of 30 passes for 199 yards, including touchdown throws of 32 and 25 yards. He also made an impact in the running game with 12 carries for 54 yards. On the season, he has completed 74.4 percent of his passes for 641 yards and seven touchdowns to go along with 93 yards rushing.

Up next is a bye week before the Tigers face Notre Dame.

Dak Prescott, quarterback, senior, Mississippi State

Prescott had a very efficient day as the Bulldogs beat Northwestern State 62-13. He completed 10 of 11 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns to go along with six carries for 54 yards. On the season, he has completed 65.3 percent of his throws for 799 yards and five touchdowns with 24 carries for 107 and two more scores.

Up next is a difficult road matchup with Auburn on Saturday.

Rashard Higgins, wide receiver, junior, Colorado State

Higgins had another impressive outing in his return to action, but it wasn’t enough as the Rams dropped a 27-24 decision to the Colorado Buffaloes in overtime. He totaled eight catches for 125 yards and a touchdown. On the season, he has 15 receptions for 209 yards and two touchdowns.

Up next is a road trip to face Texas San Antonio on Saturday.

Nick Chubb, running back, sophomore, Georgia

Chubb had a big showing as the Bulldogs hammered South Carolina 52-20. He carried the ball 21 times for 159 yards, including touchdown runs of 2 and 7 yards. On the season, he has 56 carries for 468 yards and four touchdowns.

Up next for the Bulldogs is a matchup with Southern on Saturday.

Ezekiel Elliott, running back, junior, Ohio State

Elliott had another solid showing as Ohio State beat Northern Illinois 20-13. He finished with 23 carries for 108 yards to go along with two catches for 6 yards. On the season, he has carried the ball 61 times for 331 yards and four touchdowns.

Up next is a matchup with Western Michigan on Saturday.

Cody Kessler, quarterback, senior, USC

Kessler couldn’t do enough as the Trojans fell 41-31 to the Stanford Cardinal. He completed 25 of 32 passes for 272 yards and three touchdowns. On the season, he has completed 78.7 percent of his passes for 922 yards and 10 touchdowns with no interceptions.

Up next is a road trip to face Arizona State on Saturday.

Trevone Boykin, quarterback, senior, TCU

Boykin had a massive performance as the Horned Frogs defeated SMU 56-37. He completed 21 of 30 passes for 454 yards and five touchdowns to go along with 50 yards rushing and another score. On the season, he has completed 65.7 percent of his throws for 985 yards and 10 touchdowns with 148 yards and two scores on the ground.

Up next is a road test against Texas Tech on Saturday.

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