Some nice perspective on Denard's "bad" game [ed: no quotes necessary... it was a bad game for Denard, but not THAT bad when put into perspective]:
Far more important than the fact that Robinson’s team lost and far more important than the three interceptions is the fact that, in a game where he was slowed down considerably, he still had over 300 yards of offense (217 passing, 84 rushing) against a ranked team that was determined to stop him. It’s become clear that an ‘off’ day for him is still an ‘on’ day for most players. Furthermore, it has still not been demonstrated that he can be ‘stopped’ the way most players can.
Hearken back to game six of the 2007 season. Tim Tebow was held to 158 passing yards, 67 rushing yards and two total touchdowns in a loss to LSU (the second-straight for the Gators). That loss did little to slow down the Tebow train because he was able to maintain his record-setting pace, just as Robinson was able to against Michigan State. Had Robinson been completely shut down, his Heisman hopes would’ve suffered immensely, but that’s not what happened.