Closest Heisman Trophy voting results from the last 30 years

Mark Ingram barely beat out Toby Gerhart in the 2009 Heisman voting. [Image Source: Flickr | akmcafee9]
Mark Ingram barely beat out Toby Gerhart in the 2009 Heisman voting. [Image Source: Flickr | akmcafee9]

There have been plenty of close Heisman Trophy races in recent memory.

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On Saturday, it was announced that Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray won the 2018 Heisman Trophy. According to Newsweek, he defeated second-place winner Tua Tagovailoa, quarterback of Alabama, by 296 points in the voting.

Tagovailoa was the prohibitive favorite for much of the season, but struggles in the SEC Championship Game along with leaving the game with injury helped to allow Murray to jump over him. While the 296 points separating the two in the voting seems relatively close, it is actually just the 14th-closest Heisman voting in the last 30 years.

Here are the closest voting results since 1989. All Heisman Trophy voting results were taken from College Football Sports Reference.

1

2009 - Mark Ingram 29 points over Toby Gerhart

Alabama were undefeated National Champions in the 2009 season, a year that running back Mark Ingram also took home the Heisman. He rushed for 1,658 yards on 6.1 yards per carry and scored 20 total touchdowns (17 rushing, 3 receiving). Toby Gerhart ran for 28 touchdowns for 8-5 Stanford in the 2009 season. He had 1,871 rushing yards while averaging 5.5 yards per attempt.

2

2001 - Eric Crouch 62 points over Rex Grossman

Quarterback Eric Crouch of Nebraska actually threw more interceptions (10) than touchdowns (7) in his Heisman-winning year. Where he excelled was when he kept the football as he rushed for 1,115 yards and eight touchdowns. Florida finished the 2001 season ranked third in the AP Poll, a year in which Rex Grossman completed 65.6 percent of his passes for 3.896 yards, 34 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions.

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