By around 6 p.m. ET Saturday, every Heisman front-runner seemed to be in the midst of a nightmarish week: Cincy QB Tony Pike got hurt Thursday night; Colt McCoy's Longhorns won, but in reality, his best play against Oklahoma on Saturday was a tackle off an interception he had just thrown; Sooners QB Sam Bradford got hurt again; Jimmy Clausen's Fighting Irish were losing; Ndamukong Suh's Cornhuskers were getting pounded; Tim Tebow was losing to the SEC's worst defense. But around the same time, Alabama running back Mark Ingram was stepping into a phone booth somewhere in Tuscaloosa.
However Ingram prepared to face South Carolina on Saturday night, it sure worked. He was spectacular.