Barner, McCarron gain on Collin Klein in Scripps Heisman Poll

Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein remains atop the Scripps Heisman Poll, but a fleet-footed Duck and a clutch Crimson Tider are gaining on him.

Klein threw for 245 yards and rushed for 64 yards and one touchdown in the Wildcats' 44-30 victory over Oklahoma State last Saturday. He was removed from the game with an undisclosed injury after scoring his touchdown with 9:47 remaining in the third quarter. K-State (9-0, No. 2 in the BCS rankings) was winning, 38-17, when Klein got hurt.

After being a unanimous choice the last two weeks, Klein received just seven first-place votes from the 10 Scripps Heisman Poll voters this week. One voted him second, and two picked him third. He leads with 47 points, and he was the only player listed on all 10 ballots.

Coming off a school-record 321 rushing yards and five touchdowns in Oregon's 62-51 victory over USC, Ducks' running back Kenjon Barner leapt from sixth place to a tie for second with 25 points. Barner received two first-place votes and appeared on nine voters' ballots. Oregon is 9-0 and third in the BCS.

Barner is tied with Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron. McCarron led the No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide on a last-minute touchdown drive in their 21-17 victory at LSU. He passed for 165 yards and one touchdown, a 28-yard screen pass to T.J. Yeldon with 51 seconds remaining. McCarron also ran for his first touchdown of the season. He received one first-place vote and appeared on eight ballots.

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o dropped from second to fourth. He had seven tackles and 1/2 a sack in the Fighting Irish's 29-26 triple-overtime victory over Pittsburgh. Notre Dame is 9-0 and is fourth in the BCS rankings. Te'o has 24 points, and appeared on seven ballots.

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller dropped a spot to fifth with 16 points. In last Saturday's 35-23 victory over Penn State, Miller threw for 143 yards and a touchdown, and ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns. He appeared on nine ballots, but no voter picked him higher than third.

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 Collin Klein, Kansas State, 1,875 passing yards, 71.1 completion pct., 12 TDs, 2 interceptions, 698 rushing yards, 17 TDs, 45 (7)
  2. (tie) RB Kenjon Barner, Oregon, 1,295 rushing yards, 19 TDs, 15 receptions, 1 TD, 25 (2)
  3. (tie) QB A.J. McCarron, Alabama, 1,849 passing yards, 66.7 completion pct., 19 TDs, 0 ints., -44 rushing yards, 1 TD, 25 (1)
  4. LB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame, 87 tackles, 5 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered, 1.5 sacks, 24.
  5. QB Braxton Miller, Ohio State, 1,753 passing yards, 56.9 completion pct., 14 TDs, 6 ints., 1,166 rushing yards, 13 TDs, 16.

Others receiving votes: Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel 6, USC WR/KR Marqise Lee 4, West Virginia QB Geno Smith 3, Clemson QB Tajh Boyd 1, Georgia QB Aaron Murray 1

Last week's top five:

  1. QB Collin Klein, Kansas State, 50 (10)
  2. LB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame, 31.
  3. QB A.J. McCarron, Alabama, 19.
  4. QB Braxton Miller, Ohio State, 17.
  5. QB Geno Smith, West Virginia, 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, Mlive.com; Todd Jones, Columbus Dispatch, and Michael C. Lewis.

(Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service, http://www.shns.com)