Heisman Watch: Nine touchdowns later

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Heisman Watch: Nine touchdowns later

Another week of college football, and another two undefeated teams go down.

Last week it was Oklahoma and Wisconsin, this week it was No. 5 Clemson and No. 8 Kansas State (who are now ranked No. 11 and No. 14 respectively).

Is there any question as to what the game of the week was? The answer is no. Stanford's come-from-behind, potential National-Championship-saving triple overtime 56-48 victory over USC is the game of the year thus far in college football (Sorry Baylor-TCU, Michigan-Notre Dame, Wisconsin-Michigan State, Wisconsin-Ohio State).

Stanford's victory, and Andrew Luck's heroics, have given the future No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft his largest lead in the Heisman race to date...

Rank Player, Position, School Recent Game Stats Season Stats Next Game 1 Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford 29-40, 330 yards, 3 TD, INT, rush TD in 56-48 3OT win at USC 174-242 (72), 2218 yards, 23 TD, 4 INT, 2 rush TD At Oregon State 2 Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama Idle 149 rushes, 989 rush yards (6.6 YPC), 17 TD, 212 rec. yards, rec. TD No. 1 LSU 3 Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State Idle 174-228 (76), 2010 yards, 24 TD, 5 INT At UNLV 4 Case Keenum, QB, Houston 24-37, 534 yards, 9 TD, INT in 73-34 win over Rice 218-303 (72), 3219 yards, 32 TD, 3 INT At UAB 5 Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State 24-36, 274 yards, 3 TD in 59-24 win over Baylor 246-345 (71), 2710 yards, 22 TD, 7 INT No. 14 Kansas StateOn the bubble: Landry JonesQBOklahoma, Ryan BroylesWROklahoma, Robert Griffin IIIQBBaylor

Analysis:

1) Andrew Luck: The pick-six he threw late in the 4th quarter against USC was the best thing that could have happened for his Heisman bid. If Stanford had lost, he would still be the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. However, if he doesn't lead Stanford on the game-tying touchdown drive to force overtime, or if the Cardinal simply lose in overtime, Stanford's national title game hopes go up in smoke, and he takes a big hit in the Heisman race. Instead, Stanford's victory pushed them up two spots to No. 4 in the BCS standings, and the legend of Andrew Luck grew so much that the Twittersphere has started to ask, "Is Andrew Luck underrated?" Good question.

2) Trent Richardson: In case you already weren't aware Mr. Richardson, Saturday's meeting with the No. 1 ranked LSU Tigers is the biggest game of your life. It's simple: if you have a monster performance and lead the Crimson Tide to victory, you have a legitimate shot at catapulting past Luck and into the lead. If the Tide loses, and Tyrann Mathieu and the rest of the frighteningly good Tigers defense keeps you in check, you will drop a few spots. Alabama's national title hopes and your Heisman candidacy are on the line Saturday. No pressure.

3) Kellen Moore: Nobody benefited more from Clemson's loss and Tahj Boy's lackluster performance than did Boise State and Kellen Moore. The only way Boise State sneaks into the title game is if... well... they really don't stand a chance. And the only way Moore can win the Heisman is if several of the other top candidates completely shoot themselves in the foot. Oh, and he has to be nearly close to perfect. Good luck.

4) Case Keenum: In case you scrolled past it, scroll back up the page and look at Case Keenum's "Recent Game Stats."... I know, insane right? I don't care if you are playing against just eight defenders, it is nearly impossible to throw nine touchdowns in a game. His 5th touchdown pass against the Owls was the 135th of his career, making him the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Div. 1-A) all-time leader in career touchdown passes. He is also just 268 passing yards away from surpassing Timmy Chang (17,072 career passing yards) and becoming the all-time leader. Several NCAA records, an undefeated season, a birth in a BCS bowl game, and an invite to the Heisman ceremony all in the same year? It's possible.

5) Brandon Weeden: He narrowly edged out Oklahoma's Landry Jones, and the main reason why: the Cowboys are No. 3 in the BCS and the Sooners are No. 6. Weeden has 2710 passing yards, Jones 3094. Weeden has 22 total touchdowns, Jones 28. Weeden is completing 71.3 of his passes, Jones 66.5. Weeden has thrown seven interceptions, Jones nine. You know what's great? The Sooners and Cowboys will meet in Stillwater on December with national title and Heisman implications on the line. Fun stuff.

Drew Shiller is a web producer for CSNBayArea.com and you can follow him on Twitter @DrewShiller

Ex-Warriors, Kings coach withdrawns from consideration for Cal job

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Ex-Warriors, Kings coach withdrawns from consideration for Cal job

BERKELEY — Nevada coach Eric Musselman said Wednesday he has withdrawn his name for consideration for the coaching vacancy at California, committed to continuing to build the Wolf Pack program after the school's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2007 in his second season.

Musselman's team captured the Mountain West Conference regular-season crown and tournament title, a program first. The Wolf Pack lost in the first round of the NCAAs to fifth-seeded Iowa State last week as a No. 12 seed to finish 28-7. While he originally signed a five-year contract through the 2019-20 season, Musselman is working to finalize a new five-year deal that would keep at the school for the long haul.

"My family and I are so excited about Nevada," he said in a text message to The Associated Press. "I love our players and the bond we have created as a team and on campus and in the community."

The 52-year-old Musselman interviewed in Berkeley for the Cal opening to replace Cuonzo Martin, who resigned from the Golden Bears last Wednesday and was named Missouri's new coach the same day. Martin was formally introduced Monday.

Cal is not announcing the names of anyone brought in to interview for the head coaching vacancy.

Cal's Ivan Rabb declares for NBA Draft, plans to finish education

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Cal's Ivan Rabb declares for NBA Draft, plans to finish education

BERKELEY — California star Ivan Rabb will declare for the NBA draft, a move that has been expected since the season began.

The sophomore star announced his decision Wednesday through the school. He says, "After careful consideration and discussion with my family, I have decided to forego my remaining NCAA eligibility and enter the NBA draft."

While Rabb says the timing is right to turn his attention to a professional career, he plans to finish school eventually — a promise he made to himself and his mother.

The 6-foot-11 sophomore forward was Cal's second-leading scorer at 14.0 points and top rebounder averaging 10.5 boards for the Golden Bears, who lost to Cal State Bakersfield in the first round of the NIT last week without him. Rabb was listed out with a foot injury.

Former coach Cuonzo Martin resigned the next day to become Missouri's new coach.