Tomorrow evening, quarterback Cam Newton from Auburn University will undoubtedly be awarded the Heisman Trophy. The other 3 finalists for this year’s award are Oregon running back LaMichael James, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, & Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore. While these finalists are worthy of their nominations, and played a key role in the success of their teams, clearly Mr. Newton is far superior and certainly the sole reason his team is playing in the National Championship game. No Newton, no undefeated season, no SEC Championship, and no title shot.
This got me thinking. In the history of the Heisman trophy, who were the biggest runaway winners like Cam will be? Georgia’s Herschel Walker nipped Stanford’s John Elway in 1982. Bo Jackson of Auburn nudged by Chuck long of Iowa in 1985, and Matt Leinart of USC narrowly defeated Adrian Peterson from Oklahoma in 2004. So in the neverending quest to find meaningful sports information that really isn’t meaningful, I give you the TOP 10 biggest Heisman blowouts and/or top vote getters that I can think of!
10. Howard Cassady, Ohio State, 1955: One of the best nick – names in sports history was that of Howard “Hop Along” Cassady. He was the first Heisman winner to amass more than 2,000 points. Even though he won the award because of his 37 td’s in 36 games & offensive prowess, he didn’t allow ONE pass completed against him in 4 years on the defensive side!
9. Billy Cannon, LSU, 1959: Returned kicks, ran the ball, punted, and received over 1,600 more votes than the recently deceased & beloved “Dandy” Don Meredith from SMU.
7. Jim Plunkett, Stanford, 1970: The future 2 time Super Bowl QB blasted second place winner Joe “No-Heisman” Theismann of Notre Dame by 800 points. Archie Manning of Ole Miss came in a distant third (Archie’s sons Peyton & Eli came in second place & 3rd place in the voting in 1997 and 2003 respectively).
6. Vinny Testaverde, Miami, 1986: Vinny tallied 1,755 more points than the current coach of the Stanford Cardinal, Jim Harbough.
5. Doug Flutie, Boston College, 1984: You know who came in 9th place in the voting the year Flutie threw the most memorable “Hail Mary” in history? Jerry Rice.
4. Desmond Howard, Michigan, 1991: He did it all! Desmond won by the third highest margin of victory in Heisman Trophy history. You can catch up on all of his accomplishments past & present, in a prior Original Retro Brand “5 Questions with..” interview from September.
3. Tony Dorsett, Pitt, 1976: This one hurts because Pitt beat my Dawgs this year for the National title, and a future Georgia coach named Ray Goff came in 7th place in the Heisman voting – a sign of what was in store for UGA under his watch.
2. Troy Smith, Ohio State, 2006: Troy received 86.7% of the first place votes, a record that still stands. Troy wasn’t denied the Heisman despite his accepting $500 from a booster early in the 2005 season (With inflation, that’s about $185,000 today).
1. O. J. Simpson, USC, 1968: Oh boy. That guy. The juice had 1,750 more votes than runner up Leroy Keyes from Purdue. Too bad for O.J., the keys have caught up with him, and have been thrown away.
Will Cam Newton move into the #1 spot for biggest Heisman blowout after tomorrow night? I think O. J. is about to get bumped off.
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