Go ahead and cross Baylor's Bryce Petty off the Heisman list.
On a fateful Week 13 slate of games that also saw Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel and Oregon's Marcus Mariota fall out of Heisman contention in losses, Petty did little with his chance to grab the lead.
Rather than use his evening matchup with No. 10 Oklahoma State to all but assure a top spot in the Heisman race, Petty played in similarly disappointing fashion to those contenders before him on Saturday.
Bryce and the Bears were laughed out of Boone Pickens Stadium in a 49-17 loss, and only a 14-point final frame put Baylor on the board.
A Cowboys defense that entered the game surrendering under 20 points per game held true to form, and Petty finished his day 28-of-48 for 359 yards and two touchdowns. His two touchdowns came in the fourth with the game already decided.
Heisman? Forget it.
Petty snuck onto the scene as a serious contender in early November with a 41-12 victory over then- ranked No. 10 Oklahoma under the national spotlight. He threw for 204 yards and three scores in the outing.
This time with the nation watching and the Heisman race as wide open as it has been all season, the No. 10 team prevented Petty from doing much of anything to help himself.
A scramble in the first quarter where Petty tripped over himself (it led to a turnover a few plays later) sums up Petty's performance and Heisman chances rather aptly:
Luckily for Petty, a few others were just as bad. Manziel threw for one touchdown to two interceptions in a 34-10 loss. Mariota threw a pair of touchdowns and interceptions in a 42-16 defeat.
Florida State's Jameis Winston and Alabama's AJ McCarron are clearly the players in the lead at this point, with darkhorses such as Braxton Miller and Derek Carr potentially entering the picture.
Credit to Petty for a spectacular year. He threw for at least 300 yards and two touchdowns in every game leading up to Saturday on an offense that led the nation with over 60 points scored on average per game.
As good as the junior signal-caller has been, Petty simply could not put it all together when it matters most.
Petty is firmly out of what is developing into a very strange Heisman race.
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