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.
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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