Throughout the entire season, Kyler Murray was running second to Tua Tagovailoa in the Heisman Trophy race. Even as Tua sat out fourth quarter after fourth quarter, and Murray put up crazy numbers every week, “aided” in part by Oklahoma’s leaky defense, Tagovailoa remained a heavy favorite.
That changed last weekend.
Murray threw for 379 yards and three touchdowns in a 39-27 Big 12 Championship revenge win over the only team to beat the Sooners this year, rival Texas.
Tagovailoa, on the other hand, had his worst game of the year. He was just 10-of-25 for 164 yards, a touchdown and two uncharacteristic interceptions against Georgia. He left the game with a high ankle sprain, and Jalen Hurts came in and led Alabama to the win.
Those performances were enough to sway a large chunk of voters over to Murray’s side.
Kyler Murray is your 2018 Heisman Trophy winner.
The award was announced on ESPN moments ago.
— The Heisman Trophy (@HeismanTrophy) December 9, 2018
Murray edged out Tagovailoa, as well as Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins. Most years, all three quarterbacks would have been Heisman favorites, but this year’s race proved to be one of the craziest in years.
On the season, he has 4,053 yards, 40 touchdowns, and just seven interceptions through the air, and is completing over 70-percent of his passes. He also ran for 892 yards and 11 scores.
Murray is now the second-straight Oklahoma quarterback Heisman winner, following Baker Mayfield. Of course, the comparisons to his predecessor may end there.
He is set to play professional baseball after the year, though he has made some noise about wanting to test out NFL waters in recent weeks. He also hopes not to fall in the College Football Playoff semifinal later this month, liek Mayfield and the Sooners did in last year’s Rose Bowl.
Murray and Tagovailoa will get their chances to battle this one out on the field on December 29. Murray’s Sooners are sizable underdogs to Tagovailoa’s Crimson Tide in the College Football Playoff semifinal at the Orange Bowl in Miami.