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Oklahoman Modified: December 5, 2008 at 6:04 am •  Published: December 5, 2008
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How did other Heisman winners do in their final games?
Sam Bradford will have the final say in this year’s Heisman Trophy race. The Oklahoma quarterback will be the last of the frontrunners on the field, with Florida’s Tim Tebow playing Saturday afternoon and Texas’ Colt McCoy and Texas Tech’s Graham Harrell sitting at home.

But how much impact could Slingin’ Sam’s closing argument have on the voting?

Here’s a look at what some Heisman winners who won close votes did in their final games:

Matt Leinart, 2004
The Southern Cal quarterback failed to throw a touchdown pass in the Trojans’ regular-season finale against UCLA. It was the first time Leinart had been held without a touchdown pass in 25 starts.

→The result: Leinart still held off Adrian Peterson and Jason White to win the award by 328 points.

Carson Palmer, 2002
The Southern Cal quarterback threw for 425 yards and four touchdowns against Notre Dame in the regular-season finale. No one had ever thrown for that many yards against the Irish. It followed on the heels of a four-touchdown performance against UCLA.

→The result: Palmer carried all six regions in the Heisman voting, becoming the first USC quarterback to claim the award and winning by 333 points.