He was No. OU opened with a 35-29 win over Stanford and then crushed West Virginia and Rice by a combined score of 118-17. Playing on a 1969 squad that had been hurt badly by graduation in 1968, Owens carried the load for the Sooner offense. Murray joins Billy Vessels (1952), Steve Owens (1969), Billy Sims (1978), Jason White (2003), Sam Bradford (2008), and Baker Mayfield (2017) as Sooners who have claimed the sport’s top award. Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray won the 2018 Heisman Trophy, beating out Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins from an all-QBs … Owens, who was from Miami, Okla., carried the load for OU’s offense, posting two 200-plus yard games and helping the Sooners to an average of 28.5 points per game. We have some guesses, one of the most compelling Heisman races ever, getting way fewer touches per game than previous Heisman-winning QBs, 2007: The inside story of the greatest CFB season ever, The all-time ‘consensus’ national championships list, The evolutionary history of option football, Kyler Murray: 2,167 total points: 517 first-place votes, 278 second-place, 60 third-place, Tua Tagovailoa: 1,871 total points: 299, 431, 112, Dwayne Haskins: 783 total points: 46, 111, 423, Gardner Minshew: 122 total points: 6, 15, 74, McKenzie Milton: 39 total points: 4, 4, 19, Travis Etienne: 29 total points: 0, 6, 17, Quinnen Williams: 27 total points: 1, 4, 16, Jonathan Taylor: 26 total points: 1, 2, 19, Darrell Henderson: 21 total points: 0, 3, 15. Both of those are slated to break Baker Mayfield’s all-time record of 198.9, set last year (and previously set by Mayfield in 2016). That was for the Davey O’Brien Award, for the best QB in the country. He also won the Davey O'Brien Award and the Jim Thorpe Courage Award. OU's workhorse carried the ball 358 times in 1969 for 1,523 yards while scoring 23 touchdowns (another school record). Anyone who claims Tagovailoa has been playing way harder competition than Murray is lying to you or speaking in stereotypes about the SEC and Big 12. Murray has thrown for 4,053 yards this season and tallied 40 touchdowns to just seven interceptions while also rushing for 892 yards and 11 touchdowns. 103 UCLA, and the average number for OU goes up to 69. Sims led the nation in rushing, averaging more than 7.0 yards per carry. By winning the 2018 version of college football's most prestigious individual honor, Murray vaulted OU to a tie for the lead with Notre Dame and … Sims still ranks as OU's all-time career rushing leader with 4,118 yards from 1975-79 and No. That’s no knock on Murray, though. OU edged Nebraska 31-24 in the second meeting between the top-10 schools. Not counting sacks, Murray has 108 carries for 982 yards (a 9.1-yard average) and 11 scores. Sims ran for 153 yards, but it was not enough as the Sooners fell 17-14. That’s a 7.8-yard average, but it’s not close to Murray’s line. By Saturday evening, he was -260 to win, and Tagovailoa was +210. 2 at OU. He threw for 468 yards against Kansas which ranks first in OU history for passing yards in a game. White captured player of the year honors from the Associated Press, Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News, and CNNSI.com. Detroit drafted Owens in the first round. For a sense of how much ground Murray’s made up: On Nov. 5, Tagovailoa was 1/10 to win, and Murray was next at 6/1, with Haskins following at 14/1. OU’s first Heisman winner, Billy Vessels rushed for 1,072 yards on 167 carries and scored 17 touchdowns during his senior season en route to the trophy. Consider the number of first-place votes players have gotten since then, via Sports Reference: The final vote in this race put it close to 2012’s between Manziel and Te’o. Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray won the 2018 Heisman Trophy, beating out Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins from an all-QBs trio of finalists at Saturday’s ceremony in New York. Including OU, only four schools have won more than three Heismans in the history of the award. 7 in passing efficiency (158.11), No. I’m a voter for that one but not the Heisman, though I would’ve made the same Heisman vote. With Murray's victory, the Sooners won four Heisman Trophies in 16 years. They’ve been so good that Haskins, who’s played like a Heisman winner, wasn’t a serious candidate to win. Charlotte’s most vulnerable residents are getting the Covid testing they need, thanks to MJ. White set school records at the time for touchdown passes in a season (40) and game (5, twice). His season passing total ranked No. Bradford, a sophomore, broke Jason White's school record for touchdowns in a season (50) and in a career (88). Backup Jalen Hurts won the game for Bama after Tagovailoa exited injured in the fourth. OU dropped a 27-21 decision to Notre Dame and then finished strong by sweeping the last three games. Lincoln Riley’s made Murray a big part of his running game, especially since star back Rodney Anderson was lost for the season in Week 2. The other three to do it were Glenn Davis (Army; 1944-46), Doc Blanchard (also Army; 1944-46) and Doak Walker (SMU; 1947-49). And in the SEC Championship against Georgia, he was horrible. 4 nationally in touchdown percentage (8.87), No. What on earth happened here? video platform powered by CBS Sports Digital. In 1991, Owens was named to the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and was the Walter Camp Foundation Alumnus of the Year. But Vessels' most successful individual season came during his senior campaign when he won the Heisman Trophy. He led the nation in passing efficiency and also scored five rushing touchdowns on the year. The Heisman Trophy, named after the former college football coach John W. Heisman, is awarded annually to the most outstanding player in college football. 1 Alabama in the Orange Bowl in a College Football Playoff Semifinal matchup. He did so with uncanny accuracy, especially on deep throws, and a touchdown to interception ratio (four to one), so gaudy that it read like a typographical error. The first Sooner to win college football's most prestigious individual achievement award, Vessels led the Sooners to a 26-4-1 record during his tenure. Entering their meeting in the Playoff’s Orange Bowl semifinal, Murray has the best season passer rating in FBS history, and Tagovailoa has the second-best. Heisman results by region. Vessels was elected to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 1974. Tagovailoa’s at 202. Baker Mayfield, who wears jersey No. Michael Jordan is opening health clinics for people without health insurance. As a junior, Billy Simms led the nation in rushing as he set a Big Eight single-season rushing record with 1,762 yards on 231 carries. To read more about Murray’s Heisman-winning season and to keep an eye on the Sooners in the Orange Bowl, visit SoonerSports.com. The Sooners need a bigger trophy case! In 1953, Vessels turned pro for the Edmonton Eskimos and won the Schenley Award as the top player in Canada. The great career of Steve Owens left a mark on the OU record book. The Tuttle, Okla., native put up an impressive four to one touchdown to interception ratio and set the program record at the time for touchdown passes with 40 and twice posted five touchdowns in one game. 2 behind Steve Owens (57) on the career touchdowns list with 53. It’s not a huge difference. The others were Ohio State (Archie Griffin in 1974 and '75), Army (Felix "Doc" Blanchard and Glenn Davis in 1945 and '46) and Yale (Larry Kelley and Clinton Frank in 1936 and '37). He topped the 200-yard mark in four different games (a school best) during the 1978 season. Next up, Murray and the No. Vessels was even a threat from above. In a school-record four games, the Hooks, Texas, native recorded at least 200 yards. Twice in November, in wins against LSU and Mississippi State, he was between fine and pretty good. The average Alabama opponent this year ranks 59th in Defensive S&P+. It seemed like they were getting closer when Murray had 478 total yards and four total TDs in a Week 13 barnburner at West Virginia. Shaq is really upset that Dwight Howard won a ring. Mayfield is the first player since the NCAA allowed the creation of athletics scholarships in 1950 to start his football career as a walk-on athlete and go on to win the award. Full Coverage >>. Owens had two 200-plus yard games while leading the Sooners to a 6-4 season. The Vikings are terrible, and have no clear path forward. Every single Alabama game until November featured between two and four passing TDs by Tagovailoa, him averaging at least 10.6 yards per throw with no interceptions, and Nick Saban taking him out in the second half in granting mercy to the other team. pic.twitter.com/qn0jr8hUKL, More Heisman voting numbers. Bama’s chosen to keep Tagovailoa cleaner, running him 37 times for 289 yards and five TDs. Owens holds five Sooner records. Owens holds the record for the most carries in a game (55) and career (958). The Oklahoma City, Okla., native also led the nation in passing efficiency and scored five rushing touchdowns. That meshes with how the season ended for both. White returned for another season after his Heisman campaign and finished third in the voting. In Oklahoma’s 13 games, he’s been through-the-roof awesome 10 times and merely “good” three times, with no games nearly as bad as the one Tagovailoa put up against Georgia. The latest chapter in the beef is the lamest one yet. Nobody else is above 176 this year. Leading the most explosive offense in college football during the 2008 season, Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford completed 328 of his 483 pass attempts for 4,720 yards with eight interceptions and 50 touchdowns. What a year this was for QBs. On Saturday, the redshirt junior quarterback was announced as the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner, awarded annually to the most outstanding player in college football. Here’s a look at some of OU’s rich Heisman history and the elite group of Sooners Murray joins. Owens was inducted into the Orange Bowl Hall of Honor in 1992. In addition, Bradford surpassed Florida's Rex Grossman with most touchdowns through the freshman and sophomore year with 82. Mayfield leads the nation in completion percentage (.710), passing efficiency rating (203.8; would break his own FBS record of 196.4 set last year), yards per pass attempt (11.8), yards per completion (16.6) and pass of plays of 20-plus yards (75). Tagovailoa had the most points ever for a runner up, ESPN said. He’s a deserving (and really outstanding, even relatively speaking) Heisman winner. He also ranks second in passing touchdowns (41), third in total offense (357.7 ypg) and fourth in passing yards (333.8 per game). I had a hard time picking between the two. Billy "Curly" Vessels was the man who started it all. Oklahoma is just the fourth school with back-to-back Heisman winners. He paced the Sooners to an 11-1 record and a third-place finish nationally. The Oklahoma City native earlier won the Davey O'Brien Award and Sammy Baugh Trophy in addition to being named a first-team All-American. Murray and Tagovailoa also lapping the field in yards per throw at 11.9 and 11.4, respectively, with nobody else beating 10.0. The 1950 Sooners, under the direction of head coach Bud Wilkinson, went 10-1 to give the Sooners their first of seven national championships. Sims led the Sooners to an 11-1 record, Orange Bowl Championship and third-place finish in the final poll. Creating a new meaning for the word "versatile," the Cleveland, Okla., slasher was part of every phase of the Sooner offensive attack. By winning the 2018 version of college football's most prestigious individual honor, Murray vaulted OU to a tie for the lead with Notre Dame and Ohio State for the most Heisman Trophies won.