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From the opening week of the season, the most coveted award in college football has been passed around like a hot potato. Here are the key games that have shaped the Heisman race.
AUG. 30: Coming off a 1,609-yard season, Ohio State running back Chris (Beanie) Wells injures the big toe on his right foot in the third quarter of the Buckeyes' opener against Youngstown State. Wells, a preseason Heisman favorite, misses the next three games, effectively killing his chances for the award.
SEPT. 27: Tim Tebow, who last year became the first sophomore to win the Heisman, can't rally Florida to victory in the Swamp against heavy underdog Ole Miss. The Gators' final drive ends when Tebow is stuffed on a fourth-and-inches at the Rebels' 32-yard line. In Norman, Sam Bradford of Oklahoma carves up the nation's top-ranked defense with 411 passing yards and four touchdowns in a 35--10 victory over TCU.
OCT. 4: Chase Daniel, a Heisman finalist in '07, throws three touchdown passes as Missouri routs Nebraska 52--17, giving the Tigers their first win in Lincoln in 30 years. Two days later The New York Times says of Daniel and the Heisman race, "It's him, then everybody else."
OCT. 11: Hours after Colt McCoy upstages Bradford and rallies Texas to a 45--35 upset of No. 1 Oklahoma, Daniel tosses three second-half interceptions in a 28--23 home loss to Oklahoma State.
OCT. 25: McCoy throws for two touchdowns and runs for another score as top-ranked Texas racks up its third consecutive victory over a top 11 team, beating Oklahoma State 28--24.
NOV. 1: Answering a late touchdown drive by McCoy, Graham Harrell connects with wideout Michael Crabtree on a last-second score as Texas Tech stuns Texas 39--33. Meanwhile, in his best game of the season, Tebow runs for three touchdowns and passes for two more in Florida's 49--10 whipping of Georgia.
NOV. 8: Tebow throws for three touchdowns and runs for a pair of scores in the Gators' 42--14 victory over Vanderbilt. Harrell responds by throwing for 456 yards and six touchdowns to lead the Red Raiders over Oklahoma State 56--20.