OMG! Geno Smith had a bad day, and his team lost! He’s out of the Heisman race!
Fortunately, Heisman voters are a lot more even-keeled than the fan bases that regularly spout this kind of stuff on Twitter.
I thought it’d be worthwhile to look back at some bad games from recent Heisman winners — you know, just to keep things in perspective.
2002: Carson Palmer went 18-of-46 for 186 yards and one touchdown in USC’s 27-20 early loss to Kansas State.
2003: Jason White went 27-of-50 for 298 yards with no touchdowns and two picks in Oklahoma’s 35-7 loss to Kansas State in the Big 12 title game.
2006: Troy Smith went 12-of-22 for 115 yards and one touchdown with two interceptions in Ohio State’s win over Penn State.
2007: Tim Tebow was 12-of-26 for 158 yards and two touchdowns with a pick in a mid-season loss to LSU.
2009: Mark Ingram had 30 yards and no touchdowns on 16 carries in a close win over Auburn in late November.
2011: Robert Griffin III threw for 425 yards and a score but also had two interceptions in a 59-24 loss to Oklahoma State.
These games were just small bumps in the road, as it turned out. Heisman voters know there are no perfect candidates. Just because you win the Heisman doesn’t mean that you aren’t going to struggle at times. But the Heisman winner is usually the guy who struggles the least.