The Royal Sampler: Bryce Brown’s big game, Collin Klein falls to fifth in one Heisman Trophy poll and links

Former Kansas State running back Bryce Brown had his first memorable game with the Philadelphia Eagles last night, shattering the franchise’s single-game rookie rushing record with 178 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries.

Brown got the first start of his pro career because usual starter LeSean McCoy was out with a concussion. But Brown played well enough that one website now wonders if he should be the starter regardless of McCoy’s health moving forward.

It wasn’t a perfect night for him. He fumbled twice. But can you honestly expect a mistake-free game from a player who hasn’t started since high school?

Wildcats fans will have mixed reactions to Brown’s game. Some will crack jokes about him accomplishing more in one night than he did during his entire career at K-State. And that is fair. Brown didn’t last long in Manhattan. But some will be happy for him. Here is what he told the Philadelphia Inquirer after the game:

“I knew we were going to run the ball coming into the game, and I was prepared for it,” said Brown, who played one year at Tennessee and one game at Kansas State before the Eagles drafted him in the seventh round. “I was up for the challenge.”

– As long as Collin Klein still has games to play, the Heisman Trophy race isn’t over. But it seems like he will need one heckuva performance against Texas to sway national voters.

The K-State quarterback dropped to fifth in the latest Heisman Pundit poll and stayed at third in the latest ESPN projection.

From the latest Heisman Pundit post:

Texas A&M freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel heads into the final weekend of the season as the strong favorite to win the 2012 Heisman Trophy, according to the latest HeismanPundit/ Heisman Straw Poll released on Tuesday.

Manziel totaled 27 points and collected eight first-place votes from the 11-member panel of Heisman voters from around the country. It’s the second-straight week he’s been atop the poll and he’s peaking at the right time. Heisman votes are due Monday, and the trophy will be awarded Dec. 8.

“With his season complete, I’m not sure how anyone else is going to catch him,” said one voter. “He’s had an incredible year, and I think he’s more than worthy of the award.”

But the Sporting News is reminding everyone to keep an open mind when voting for the award.

– Speaking of the Heisman race, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel finally talked to the media yesterday.

– Bob Stoops on the possibility of sharing a co-conference championship with K-State: “It’s whatever the conference rules are.”

– Former Big 12 member Colorado has fired its coach after a two-year experiment in the Pac-12. He was kind of upset about losing his job.