Big 12: George Rogers

Bradford struggles against other Heisman leaders

January, 19, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin

One of my loyal readers, Christopher Huffman of Euless, Texas, had an interesting question for me that took a few minutes to research. But I'm happy to provide the answer.

Huffman wanted to know how rare it was for a Heisman Trophy winner like Sam Bradford to lose to both the second place and third place Heisman finishers in the season where he won the award. Bradford's Oklahoma team dropped a 45-35 decision to Texas and No. 2 Heisman finisher Colt McCoy. The Sooners also fell to Florida and the No. 3 finisher Tim Tebow, 24-14, in the FedEx BCS National Championship Game.

Two previous Heisman winners have matched Bradford's futility struggles against their top two Heisman finishers in the year when they won the award.

Ricky Williams of Texas won the Heisman in 1998, despite losing to second-place finisher Michael Bishop of Kansas State and third-place finisher Cade McNown of UCLA earlier in the season.

And 1980 Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers on South Carolina posted an 0-2 record against his two nearest finishers. The Gamecocks fell to No. 2 finisher Hugh Green and Pittsburgh and No. 3 finisher Herschel Walker and Georgia during that season.

Here's a list of how Heisman finishers did against their second-place and third-place finishers over the years. Scores of the game are listed inside the parenthesis. Winners from Big 12 schools are listed in bold.

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