RG3 wins first Heisman Trophy for Baylor
Robert Griffin III beat out preseason favorite Andrew Luck from Stanford on Saturday night, becoming the first Baylor player to take home college football's most famous trophy.
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Alabama running back Trent Richardson was third with 138 first-place votes and 978 points. Wisconsin running back Montee Ball (348 points) was fourth and the other finalist, LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu (327) was fifth.Skip to next paragraph
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Griffin's speech was as smooth as his game.
"If I can get everybody in the crowd to laugh it can make my speech a whole lot easier," he said later at his news conference, after showing off his blue and red socks with that familiar "S'' on the front.
Griffin is a big fan of superheroes and cartoon characters, and socks. His favorite socks: SpongeBob.
But make no mistake, even though he was expected by most to win, he said: "My heart was beating really, really hard. I could feel it in my chest like they all said."
Griffin's highlights were simply spectacular – his signature moment coming on a long, cross-field touchdown pass with 8 seconds left to beat Oklahoma – and he put up dizzying numbers, completing 72 percent of his passes for 3,998 yards with 36 touchdown passes and a nation-leading 192.3 efficiency rating.
More importantly, he lifted Baylor (9-3) to national prominence and one of the greatest seasons in school history. The 15th-ranked Bears won nine games for the first time in 25 years, beat the Sooners for the first time ever, and went 4-0 in November.
Luck was the front-runner from the moment in January he surprised many by returning to Stanford for one more season instead of jumping to the NFL to become a millionaire. He didn't disappoint, with 3,170 yards receiving, 35 touchdown passes, a completion percentage of 70 percent and a rating of 167.5.
Griffin outdid him using a similar formula: leading a downtrodden program at a private school out of the shadows of its powerful conference rivals with brilliant and heady play.
Luck made a sensational one-handed catch early in what turned out to be a blowout victory against UCLA. Nice.
Griffin made a 15-yard reception in traffic to convert a key third down on the game-winning drive in Baylor's opening 50-48 victory against TCU. Better.