The Washington Post Sunday

Murray wins Heisman

He’s second straight Oklahoma QB to win, following Mayfield

- BY RALPH D. RUSSO

Quarterbac­k gives Oklahoma consecutiv­e winners of college football’s biggest award.

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new york — Kyler Murray replaced a Heisman Trophy winner by becoming a Heisman Trophy winner.

The Oklahoma quarterbac­k won college football’s most prestigiou­s individual award Saturday night, edging Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and setting up a College Football Playoff matchup of Heisman winner vs. Heisman runner-up.

The fourth-ranked Sooners play the top-ranked Crimson Tide in the Orange Bowl semifinal Dec. 29 in the seventh bowl matchup of Heisman winner and runner-up, and the first since Vince Young and Texas beat Heisman winner Reggie Bush and Southern California in the 2006 Rose Bowl.

This season, Murray stepped into the starting job at Oklahoma held by last year’s Heisman winner, and No. 1 NFL draft pick, Baker Mayfield. Oklahoma is the first school with Heisman-winning quarterbac­ks in consecutiv­e seasons and the fifth overall with winners in back-to-back years.

“This is crazy,” Murray said in his acceptance speech. “This is an honor, something that I’ll never forget. Something that I’ll always cherish for the rest of my life.”

Unlike most seasons, the winner was far from a foregone conclusion, but Murray (517 firstplace votes and 2,167 points) ended up with a fairly comfortabl­e margin of 296 points over Tagovailoa. Ohio State quarterbac­k Dwayne Haskins, the other finalists, was a distant third with 783 points. Three more quarterbac­ks followed: Will Grier of West Virginia, Gardner Minshew II of Washington State and McKenzie Milton of Central Florida.

Murray’s first season as a starting quarterbac­k in college is set to be his last. The junior has already signed a $4.66 million contract with the Oakland Athletics after he was selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft in June.

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TODD J. VAN EMST/HEISMAN TRUST Junior Kyler Murray won the award in his first — and apparently last — year as a starting quarterbac­k.

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