2. Nix may win the Heisman Trophy, but Penix outdueled him twice.
Bo Nix has been the favorite for the Heisman Trophy for a while now, and while Friday night’s result may not have changed that, it certainly should have.
In two games, the two most important games of both teams seasons, Michael Penix was the better quarterback. Plain and simple.
Penix made the important throws on Friday night. In the fourth quarter, he absolutely owned the game. He completed 10 of his 13 attempts, including both the decisive touchdown and the game-sealing 3rd down conversion to put the game on ice.
Nix made big plays, but Penix was the more level quarterback. He made fewer mistakes than Nix, and while Penix had fewer plays of big yardage down the stretch, he also had fewer negative plays.
Don’t be mistaken, though. Penix made his fair share of chunk plays as well.
The Heisman is an award that takes the full season into account, but the “Heisman Moment” is vital to the narrative of the trophy. In two games that were decided by three points, it was Penix who had the winning moments.