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2012 Heisman watch: Klein slips, but still holds lead; Braxton Miller in 5th

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Collin Klein had his worst game of the season Saturday, throwing three interceptions in Kansas State's loss, but managed to keep the top spot in the 2012 Heisman watch.

Ronald Martinez

Saturday's slate of college football was chaotic, including losses by previously undefeated Kansas State and Oregon, Notre Dame claiming the country's top spot and Ohio State remaining perfect. It made an already interesting Heisman race that much more intriguing.

Quarterback Collin Klein of Kansas State entered Saturday as the frontrunner for the award and promptly had his worst game of the season. Klein threw 50 passes, more than he has thrown this year by 22 attempts, and completed only 27 for 286 yards and two touchdowns. But it was the three interceptions, doubling his season total, which hurt Klein's Heisman candidacy. His 39 yards rushing were also a season-low.

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller could have taken Klein's slip as an opportunity to climb the leaderboard, but he too hurt his Heisman chances Saturday, throwing for a season-low 97 yards while rushing for only 48 yards. Unlike Klein, however, Miller and Ohio State won.

ESPN's Heisman Watch still has Klein in the lead over Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, with Oregon running back Kenjon Barner and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o in third and fourth place. Miller comes in at No. 5.

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