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Oklahoman Modified: December 15, 2008 at 4:59 am •  Published: December 15, 2008
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How did Sam Bradford win the Heisman voting?

This week, Bradford said one of the coolest guys he met was Texas Tech quarterback Graham Harrell.

Now that he probably has his phone number, Bradford can call and thank Harrell for helping him win the Heisman Trophy.

Harrell, who finished fourth in the voting, siphoned off Florida quarterback Tim Tebow’s support in the Southwest Region, one of the six Heisman-voting regions.

Tebow dominated the South, and was competitive everywhere else.

Except in the Southwest.

There, Tebow only racked up only 184 points, the lowest point total, by far, any of the three finalists garnered in a single region.

Support for Harrell and Red Raider wide receiver Michael Crabtree kept Tebow off many Southwest ballots.

That’s largely why Tebow, despite receiving more national first-place votes than Bradford, finished third in the overall voting.

If the voting deadline had been two weeks ago, who would have won?

According to the breakdown of votes released by the accounting firm Deloitte and Touche, Bradford won during the Heisman’s final week of voting, when 777 of the 904 ballots were submitted.

But in the first two weeks of balloting, Texas quarterback Colt McCoy held the slight edge.

Not only did the BCS Big 12 tiebreaker decide the Big 12 South winner and the national championship matchup, but by placing OU in the Big 12 title, it gave Bradford one more opportunity to prove himself Heisman-worthy.

Said McCoy, "I think if we’d had the opportunity to play (in the Big 12 title), things would have been a little different.


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