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Love finishes second in Heisman voting to Mayfield

Junior running back Bryce Love (center) came in second in the Heisman vote to Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield (right) and ahead of last year's Heisman winner, Louisville's Lamar Jackson (left).(DON FERIA/isiphotos.com)

Junior running back Bryce Love finished second in voting for the Heisman Memorial Trophy behind Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, with the final results coming out Saturday evening.

Mayfield received 2,398 points including 732 first-place votes while Love garnered 75 first-place votes and 1,300 total points, finishing just above Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, who had 793 points.

Saturday marked the fifth time that a Stanford player has finished second in Heisman voting since 2009. The school only has one Heisman winner in its history, with quarterback Jim Plunkett winning it in 1970.

Love racked up 1,973 rushing yards, 17 rushing touchdowns and 12 runs of more than 50 yards this season, with the last stat being an FBS record.

Love ranks second among all FBS running backs and first among Power 5 running backs in rushing yards, despite sitting out a game against Oregon State in October. He needs just 47 yards in the Alamo Bowl to surpass Christian McCaffrey’s school record for rushing yards in a season.

Mayfield, the first walk-on to ever win the award, threw for 4,340 yards and 41 touchdowns to just five interceptions this season, as he led his Oklahoma Sooners to a Big 12 Championship and a spot in the College Football Playoff.

He is the sixth Heisman winner in Oklahoma’s history.

Fans will get a chance to see Love in action one more time this season, as the Cardinal face the TCU Horned Frogs in the Valero Alamo Bowl on Dec. 28. The game is set to kickoff at 6 p.m. PT and will be nationally televised by ESPN.

 

Contact Sam Curry at currys ‘at’ stanford.edu

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