Oklahoma QB Mayfield wins Heisman Trophy in landslide

Clyde Nash
December 12, 2017

The ceremony won't be until later tonight on ESPN, but the Oklahoma redshirt senior quarterback is the runaway favorite to win the Trophy over Bryce Love and Lamar Jackson.

The Oklahoma quarterback won the Heisman Trophy Saturday night in his second year as a finalist, following a fourth-place finish in 2015 and a third-place finish last year.

For Mayfield, it was the third-highest percentage of possible points received (86 percent) since 1950, behind Ohio State's Troy Smith (2006) and Oregon's Marcus Mariota (2014). As Mayfield's play was consistently dominant down the stretch and the other candidates fell off the pack, Mayfield emerged as the leader. He finished third nationally in passer rating in 2015, set the single-season FBS passer rating record past year and is on pace to break his own record this season.

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Mayfield totaled 4,340 yards of offense, 41 touchdowns while only throwing five interceptions in his final season at Oklahoma. He also ran for 310 yards and five more touchdowns on the ground. He threw for 598 yards in a Bedlam rivalry win over Oklahoma State, and he was almost flawless (27 of 35 for 386 yards and three TDs) in a 31-16 road win at Ohio State.

Mayfield has 14,320 yards and 129 touchdowns though the air in his college career.

"Coach [Lincoln] Riley you have been a mentor to me", he said.

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For the second year in a row, he completed 71 percent of his passes, which led the nation.

Mayfield is having the most efficient passing season in the history of the sport, which is allowing him to have one of the best passing careers ever.

Mayfield's Sooners will be back in action on January 1 when they take on No. 3 Georgia in the Rose Bowl.

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Few votes in Heisman history have been as lopsided as this year's, but it is tough to argue against the notion that Mayfield deserved to be a runaway victor.

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