In one of the toughest and closest Heisman races ever, Kyler Murray won the 2018 Heisman Trophy.
Kyler Murray won the 2018 Heisman Trophy in one of the closest races of all-time, beating out Tua Tagovailoa by 2,167 points to 1,871, and with Ohio State QB Dwayne Haskins coming in third with 783 points.
The history-making ability of the quarterbacks in this Heisman class just keep on going.
The 1,871 from Tagovailoa were the most points ever from the Heisman runner-up. In the end, the top three finished up ten miles ahead of the pack.
The final tally …
1. QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
517 first place votes, 278 second place votes, 60 third place votes
2. QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
1st 299, 2nd 431, 3rd 112
3. QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
1st 46, 2nd 111, 3rd 423
4. QB Will Grier, West Virginia
1st 4, 2nd 17, 3rd 80
5. QB Gardner Minshew, Washington State
1st 6, 2nd 15, 3rd 74
6. QB McKenzie Milton, UCF
1st 4, 2nd 4, 3rd 19
7. RB Travis Etienne, Clemson
1st 0, 2nd 6, 3rd 17
8. DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama
1st 1, 2nd 4, 3rd 16
9. RB Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
1st 1, 2nd 2, 3rd 19
10. RB Darrell Henderson, Memphis
1st 0. 2nd 3, 3rd 15
But there’s a whole lot of unfinished business to take care of. The Heisman wasn’t a culmination of a season for either Tagovailoa or Murray, considering the two will play each other in the Orange Bowl in the College Football Playoff semi-final.
When the two meet, it’ll be a showdown of the two greatest single-season passers in college football history, with Murray finishing with a 205.7 passer rating, and Tagovailoa with a 202.3 rating.
There’s little to no difference between the two in terms of efficiency, and there was almost no difference in their respective seasons and what they meant to college football.
But now it’s on.
Murray won the individual prize, but he has to be even better now to get by Tagovailoa and play for the national title. This was good, but it’s going to be a piece of a puzzle.
For now, though, it’s about Murray. He came up with the greatest regular season by any quarterback in the history of college football, finishing with a 205.72 passer rating, completing 71% of his passes for 4,053 yards and 40 touchdowns with seven picks, and he ran for 892 yards and 11 scores.
He avenged the loss to Texas with a Big 12 Championship, he took the Sooners to the College Football Playoff, and he did the near-impossible and filled the shoes of Baker Mayfield, and did him one better.
In the end, Murray pulled off a brilliant performance to beat Texas for the Big 12 Championship, and Tua Tagovailoa got hurt and couldn’t get through his biggest game of the year. It was just that close between two amazing players who have a whole lot of work to do.
Now, Murray will have an even more motivated Alabama team trying to keep him under wraps, and Tagovailoa will be healthy for the Orange Bowl.
There’s a lot more fun to be had with these two.