The conference championship games played Friday and Saturday offered several Heisman contenders a final chance to make an impression before the voting closes on Monday. Here's how they performed.
Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma
Considered the frontrunner heading into the weekend, Mayfield posted another strong performance in the Big 12 Championship game. He completed 15 of 23 passes for 243 yards and four touchdowns and he ran six times for 65 yards, including a 54-yard run, as the second-ranked Sooners beat TCU 41-17. Mayfield remains on track to top his FBS record for single-season passing efficiency. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Bryce Love, RB, Stanford
Love ran 22 times for 125 yards and a touchdown in the Pac-12 title game. It wasn’t enough -- the Cardinal lost 31-28 to USC. Love was slowed by a bad ankle, and he was not in the game for a critical offensive series in the middle of the fourth quarter. USC got a goal-line stop and scored on the next possession to take control. For the season, Love has 1,973 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Sam Darnold, QB, USC
Darnold got a boost from his team’s win over Stanford. He completed 17 of 24 passes for 325 yards and two touchdowns. After USC's defense posted that critical goal-line stand with Love out of the game, Darnold directed a 99-yard touchdown drive that took the wind out of Stanford’s sails. He has passed for 3,787 yards and 26 touchdowns this season. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn
Johnson entered the SEC Championship game against Georgia with a shoulder injury, and he wasn’t as effective as usual in the 28-7 loss, managing just 44 yards on 13 carries. He had rushed for at least 100 yards and scored at least one touchdown in each of the previous four games, including victories over Alabama and Georgia. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
J.T Barrett, QB, Ohio State
Barrett had a procedure on his right knee on Sunday, and he still passed for 211 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 60 yards and another score to help the Buckeyes win the Big Ten Championship game 27-21 over Wisconsin. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin
The freshman entered the Big 12 title game needing 120 yards to top Adrian Peterson’s freshman single-season rushing record of 1,925 yards set in 2004. He finished with 41 yards on 15 carries. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)
Penn State running back Saquon Barkley, Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, Notre Dame running back Josh Adams, Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph and San Diego State running back Rashaad Penny did not play over the weekend.
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