NEW YORK CITY – In one of the most lop-sided margins in it’s voting history, Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota claimed Oregon’s first-ever Heisman Trophy.
Mariota, a huge favorite and front-runner to win the 80th Heisman, decided to return for his senior year in Eugene, claimed 2,534 first-place points, 1,284 more than Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon who had 1,250 points, with Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper finishing third with 1,023 points.
TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin tallied 218 points for fourth place and Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett finishing firth in voting with 78 points. Reigning Heisman Trophy winner, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston finished six.
In winning, Mariota claimed the second-highest percentage of points receiving in Heisman voting over the last 50 years with 90.9, second only to Troy Smith out of Ohio State, who received 91.6 percent in 2006.
For the 2014 season, Mariota passed for 3,783 yards, 38 touchdowns, two interceptions, while completing 68.3 percent of his passes for a QBR of 91.9 On the ground, Mariota rushed for 669 yards and 14 touchdowns and caught one pass for a score, for 53 total touchdowns.
In winning the Heisman, Mariota becomes the 13th quarterback to win it 15 years to win—with Mark Ingram becoming the last non-quarterback to win in 2009. Mariota also becomes the ninth QB to win the Maxwell, Davey O’Brien and Heisman in the same season.
Mariota also becomes the first non-USC–and Hawaiian-born–player from the PAC-12 since Jim Plunkett in 1970 out of Stanford to win the award.
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