Breaking down the closest votes in Heisman history
1953: John Lattner over Paul Giel
The Notre Dame senior halfback, center, defeated the Minnesota senior tailback 1,850 points to 1,794 in the voting.
1956: Paul Hornung over Johnny Majors and Tom McDonald
Hornung, left, is the only winner of the trophy to come from a losing team (Notre Dame went 2-8). The senior quarterback, halfback and placekicker had 1,066 points to held off Majors (994), a senior running back from Tennessee, and McDonald (973), a senior halfback from Oklahoma. McDonald, who had eight more first-place votes than Hornung, was hurt by having voters split their ballot with fellow Sooner Jerry Tubbs, the fourth-place finisher.
1961: Ernie Davis over Bob Ferguson
The Syracuse senior halfback (824 points) defeated the Ohio State senior fullback (771) to become the first black player to win the trophy.
1962: Terry Baker over Jerry Stovall
The Oregon State senior quarterback earned 707 points to the LSU senior halfback's 618.
1964: John Huarte over Jerry Rhome
Another narrow Heisman win by an Irish player. Huarte, a senior quarterback, defeated the Tulsa senior quarterback with 1,026 points to the runnerup's 952. The third-place finisher wasn't so bad himself: Illinois senior center-linebacker Dick Butkus (505).
1969: Steve Owens over Mike Phipps
The Oklahoma senior fullback (1,488 points) finished ahead of the Purdue senior quarterback (1,334).
1971: Pat Sullivan over Ed Marinaro
The Auburn senior quarterback (1,597 points) held off the Cornell senior running back (1,445) in the voting.
1978: Billy Sims over Chuck Fusina
Oklahoma's junior running back (827 points) won even though the Penn State senior quarterback (750) had 12 more first-place votes.
1985: Bo Jackson over Chuck Long
In closest Heisman vote at the time, both by total points (1,509 to 1,464) and percentage, the Auburn senior tailback edging out the Iowa senior quarterback.
1989: Andre Ware over Anthony Thompson
The Houston junior quarterback, left, had 1,073 points to the Indiana senior running back's 1,003.
2000: Chris Weinke over Josh Heupel
The Florida State star, left, defeated the Oklahoma standout in the battle of senior quarterbacks 1,628 points to 1,552.
2001: Eric Crouch over Rex Grossman and Ken Dorsey
A three-way battle between quarterbacks. The senior from Nebraska, left, finished with 770 points, more than the 708 for the Florida sophomore, center, and the 638 for the Miami junior.
2003: Jason White over Larry Fitzgerald
The Oklahoma junior quarterback , left, bested the Pittsburgh sophomore wide receiver with 1,481 points to the runnerup's 1,353.
2008: Sam Bradford over Colt McCoy and Tim Tebow
The sophomore, left, stole the show as the Oklahoma quarterback (1,726 points) won a close battle with Texas junior quarterback Colt McCoy (1,640), center, and Florida junior quarterback Tim Tebow (1,575), who was the third player ever to have the most first-place votes (nine more than Bradford) and not win the Heisman.
2009: Mark Ingram over Toby Gerhart
In the closest Heisman vote ever, the Alabama sophomore running back, left, finished only 28 points ahead of the Stanford senior running back. Ingram received 227 first-place votes and 1,304 points. Gerhart got 222 first-place votes and 1,276 points.