Duck ... duck ... HEISMAN!
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota was awarded the 80th Heisman Trophy on Saturday night in New York City. Mariota, who piloted the Ducks to the No. 2 spot in the inaugural College Football Playoff, topped the other two 2014 finalists: Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper and Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon.
The dual-threat quarterback racked up a school-record 4,452 total yards with 38 passing touchdowns and 14 rushing scores as the Ducks rolled to a 12-1 record, including a runaway win in the Pac-12 Championship Game.
When Heisman voting results were announced, Mariota had the second-largest percentage of possible points (90.9%) in the 80-year history of the award, according to ESPN. Gordon finished in second place with Cooper placing third.
2014 Heisman Results: 1. Mariota, 2. Gordon, 3. Cooper, 4. Boykin, 5. Barrett, 6. Winston, 7. Coleman, 8. Prescott, 9. Wright, 10. Petty.
— Chris Huston (@HeismanPundit) December 14, 2014
Mariota became the first Oregon player to earn the coveted individual honor and the first Hawaii native to take home the prize. After receiving the 25-pound trophy, Mariota gave an emotional speech, thanking his family, his teammates and home state.
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