NEW YORK (AP) — Marcus Mariota wrote it all down, every word of his Heisman Trophy acceptance speech. It was a good thing, too, because getting through it might have been tougher than sprinting away from linebacker or tossing a long touchdown pass for the Oregon Ducks.
The understated star quarterback became Oregon's first Heisman winner going away Saturday night, capping a three-year climb to college football's most prestigious individual award.
"I'm humbled to be standing here today," Mariota said moments after he was announced as the winner.
For years, two special trophies have brought a very important ending to college football season. The first award was the BCS crystal football and the second was the Heisman Trophy. There’s a new national championship trophy this season, but the Heisman is still standing. And yesterday, we learned who is one step closer to taking it home.
On Monday, 1996 Heisman winner Danny Wueffel announced the three finalists for the trophy recognizing the year’s most outstanding college football player. All three have been in the mix since the start of the year. During a season in which a new playoff has brought twists, turns, and ultimately a new college football playoff trophy, it’s nice to have some tradition within the Heisman race.
Let’s meet the 2014 Heisman finalists:
The Cleveland Browns' long-anticipated quarterback controversy may have arrived, right as their push for the playoffs shifts into desperation mode.
With his team mired in an offensively inept showing against the Bills, Cleveland head coach Mike Pettine pulled the trigger on a QB change, benching Brian Hoyer for Johnny Manziel after a fourth-quarter Hoyer interception. Manziel promptly led a touchdown drive in his first meaningful regular-season action, capping it by scrambling for a 10-yard score.
Manziel's second possession was far less productive. He was saved from coughing up a touchdown when referee Jerome Boger ruled upon review that Manziel had been attempting a pass when Buffalo's Kyle Williams knocked the ball loose. Seconds later, though, the Browns turned the ball over on downs, sealing Buffalo's 26-10 win.
With that result the Browns dropped to 7-5 on the season, a game-and-a-half back of Cincinnati in the AFC North and outside of the wild-card picture. Next up is a Week 14 home game against Andrew Luck and the Colts. Will it be Hoyer or Manziel under center for that all-important matchup? Pettine said after Sunday's loss that he would not make a decision until mid-week.
Thanksgiving means turkey, pie, family — and football. Gathering around the TV to watch the Detroit Lions or Dallas Cowboys play on Turkey Day is a tradition for countless sports fans. Here are some of the most memorable (and notorious) moments from the NFL's annual Thanksgiving games.
In a season dominated by Peyton Manning's destruction of the NFL's touchdown record book, you might have missed the season Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is putting together. Last week, he threw for 522 yards and six TDs in a wild game against the Indianapolis Colts. It was his single-best day as an NFL QB.
So what does he do for an encore? How about more of the same? Yesterday, Big Ben threw for 340 yards and six more TDs against the Baltimore Ravens. And in throwing six touchdowns on Sunday Roethlisberger became the first QB in NFL history to throw six touchdowns in back-to-back games. The only people who have come closer were Oakland's Tom Flores in 1963 and Tom Brady in 2007, both of whom threw 11 TDs in a two-game span.
Two weeks ago, Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning became only the second QB in NFL history to throw for 500 touchdowns. The other? Brett Favre, who slung a record 508 in his career. With more than half the season left to play, it was inevitable that Manning would break Favre’s mark. And yesterday, he did just that.
Manning threw four touchdowns in Denver’s 42-17 romp of the 49ers Sunday. His last one of the day was the 510th of his career.
Here’s a Vine of Manning’s record-breaking 509th TD, an eight-yard toss in the second quarter to receiver Demaryius Thomas: