Tonight proved to be the most dramatic Heisman Trophy ceremony in some time. In the end, Kyler Murray edged out Tua Tagovailoa for the award.
The decision came down to those who appreciated Alabama football’s dominance, with Tagovailoa at the helm, vs. Kyler Murray’s amazing individual efforts this year.
Last weekend’s games outlined that, and likely proved to be the difference.
Murray was incredible in a 39-27 win over Texas in the Big 12 title game, while Tagovailoa had a rough outing before leaving Alabama’s win over Georgia. The team came from behind with Jalen Hurts in to beat the Dawgs, much like it did, with those same quarterbacks’ roles flipped, in last year’s national championship.
Most years, both Kyler Murray and Tua Tagovailoa would have been clear Heisman Trophy winners. Tonight, things broke for the two-sport Oklahoma Sooners star.
Here is how the votes broke down in the end. Murray won every region of the country, except for the South:
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— Andy Staples (@Andy_Staples) December 9, 2018
Murray is the second straight Oklahoma quarterback to win the award. Last season, Baker Mayfield took it home. He rode that to become the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft.
Murray will take a different path. He was drafted by the Oakland Athletics of the MLB in the first round a few months ago, and this is expected to be his final season with the Sooners.
He certainly made it count.