By Jake Trotter Modified: December 13, 2008 at 9:34 pm •  Published: December 13, 2008

photo - Heisman Trophy finalist Oklahoma's  Sam  Bradford speaks to reporters during a news conference, Friday, Dec. 12, 2008 in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Heisman Trophy finalist Oklahoma's Sam Bradford speaks to reporters during a news conference, Friday, Dec. 12, 2008 in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

NEW YORK — Time to begin work on a fifth bronze sculpture for Oklahoma's Heisman Park.

Saturday night, Sooner sophomore quarterback Sam Bradford was awarded the 74th Heisman Trophy, completing a meteoric rise for the Oklahoma City native, who just two summers ago was mired in a three-way battle for the starting job.

In one of the most competitive Heisman races in years, Bradford edged out Florida quarterback Tim Tebow and Texas quarterback Colt McCoy to become OU's fifth Heisman winner.

Bradford received 300 of a possible 875 first-place votes and totaled 1,726 points. McCoy received 266 first-place votes and 1,604 total points. Tebow actually finished with more first place votes than Bradford with 309, but ended up in third in the voting with 1,575 total points.

Bradford joins former OU running backs Billy Vessels (1952), Steve Owens (1969) and Billy Sims (1978) and quarterback Jason White (2003) as Sooner Heisman winners.

Only Notre Dame, Ohio State and Southern California have more Heisman winners than OU.

Bradford was considered by many pre-Heisman polls to be the frontrunner, after leading the nation with 48 touchdowns throws and a 186.3 passing efficiency rating, as well as quarterbacking the highest-scoring offense in college football's postwar era.

Bradford also led OU to a Big 12 title and an appearance in the Jan. 8 BCS National Championship in Miami, where the Sooners will face Tebow's Gators.


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