Tag:2011 Heisman Trophy
Posted on: December 13, 2011 1:30 am

VIDEO: Baylor fans react to Griffin's Heisman win

Posted by Adam Jacobi

Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III won the Heisman on Saturday -- perhaps you've heard -- and so Baylor fan blog Keg In The Quad quite helpfully put together a YouTube compilation of Baylor fans reacting to the Heisman announcement. It is, as you might expect, an avalanche of joy and exuberance, not unlike the reaction videos of the goals by Landon Donovan and Abby Wambach in their respective World Cups, and it's worth a watch.

We will second the video's warning to keep the sound low, though. The yelling is intense (as it ought to be).

Obviously, if you're a Stanford or Alabama fan, it's hard to get caught up in the emotion of these moments, other than to wish this was your fanbase celebrating instead. But then for a Stanford or Alabama fan to watch this is pure masochism, so you're getting no sympathy from us if you press play, Cardinal and Tide faithful.

That aside, it's fantastic that technology is allowing us college football fans to share in this unadulterated ecstasy that the Baylor fans have here. They've never had a Heisman winner at Baylor before, and nearly every student there wasn't even alive the last time Baylor even won nine games in a year (1986, 9-3, with a 21-9 win over Colorado in the Bluebonnet Bowl). So this is rarefied air for so many of the students and fans in this video, and to be able to at least observe these throngs of people, all of whom are simultaneously experiencing this awesome new world where the best college football player in America can be one of their own, well, it's hard not to be overwhelmed.

Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:44 pm

2011 Heisman Trophy voting numbers breakdown

Posted by Adam Jacobi

On Saturday night, the Heisman Trophy was awarded to Baylor junior quarterback Robert Griffin III. RG3, as he's known to Baylor faithful and now the rest of the nation, collected 405 first-place votes to finish with 1,687 total voting points, well ahead of the runner-up, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. Luck had 247 first-place votes and 1,407 total voting points.

The key to Griffin's victory in the voting was his performance in the South region -- Alabama RB Trent Richardson's home territory -- where RG3 led all contenders with 303 voting points. Richardson was second with 256 points there, and Luck was third with 182 points. That region alone accounted for nearly half of Griffin's margin of victory over Luck, and it helped stave Richardson off as a serious threat to winning the Heisman. Of course, Griffin also cleaned up in his home Southwest region, but it was his ability to win regions that he wasn't the home favorite of that landed RG3 the coveted Heisman.

Here's the final national vote ranking:

  1. Robert Griffin III, Baylor QB: 405 first-place votes, 1,687 total points
  2. Andrew Luck, Stanford QB: 247 first-place votes, 1,407 total points
  3. Trent Richardson, Alabama RB: 138 first-place votes, 978 total points
  4. Montee Ball, Wisconsin RB: 22 first-place votes, 348 total points
  5. Tyrann Mathieu, LSU DB: 34 first-place votes, 327 total points
  6. Matt Barkley, USC QB: 11 first-place votes, 153 total points
  7. Case Keenum, Houston QB: 10 first-place votes, 123 total points
  8. Kellen Moore, Boise State QB: 6 first-place votes, 90 total points
  9. Russell Wilson, Wisconsin QB: 4 first-place votes, 52 total points
  10. LaMichael James, Oregon RB: 5 first-place votes, 48 total points

And here are the regional breakdowns:

FAR WEST (Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington, Wyoming)

  1. Luck: 315 points
  2. Griffin: 220 points
  3. Richardson: 137 points

MID-ATLANTIC (Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia)

  1. Griffin: 254 points
  2. Luck: 248 points
  3. Richardson: 168 points

MIDWEST (Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin)

  1. Griffin: 272 points
  2. Luck: 220 points
  3. Richardson: 125 points

NORTHEAST (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont)

  1. Griffin: 257 points
  2. Luck: 254 points
  3. Richardson: 160 points 

SOUTH (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee) 

  1. Griffin: 303 points
  2. Richardson: 256 points
  3. Luck: 182 points

SOUTHWEST (Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas)

  1. Griffin: 381 points
  2. Luck: 188 points
  3. Richardson: 132 points
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