In a Heisman Trophy race that has been as hard to read as any in recent history, Andre Williams burst onto the scene with numbers that were too gaudy to ignore.
But Saturday the opposition and Williams' health did little to help his cause.
The Boston College senior running back was held to just 29 yards in a 34-31 loss to Syracuse in which he played a little more than two quarters.
Williams, already the 16th player in FBS history to run for 2,000 yards in a single season, had run for 897 yard the last three weeks. But he couldn't solve the Orange, whose defense has yet to allow a 100-yard runner this season.
Williams delivered a 26-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, but outside of that he had minus-2 yards on his other seven carries before halftime. He he was hit hard on his first carry of the second half and was taken to the locker room with an apparent shoulder injury. While he returned to the sideline, Williams did not get back into the game.
Despite his short day, and...