The Heisman Winners: 1970s

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This article appears in the Sports Illustrated Presents 75th Anniversary of the Heisman Trophy issue

Only Latino Heisman winner set NCAA career-passing record of 7,544 yards, with 52 touchdown passes. Completed 191 of 358 passes for 2,715 yards and 18 touchdowns in 1970.

Heisman moment: In '71 Rose Bowl, Stanford's first in two decades, completed 20 of 30 passes for 265 yards and a TD to upset undefeated Ohio State 27-17.

First trophy winner to come from a school coached by John Heisman set NCAA record for most yards per play, in '70 (8.57). He passed for 2,012 yards and 20 TDs in his Heisman year.

Heisman moment: With Tigers at 8-0 in 1971, Sullivan threw for 248 yards and four TDs in a showdown with Georgia.

A runner, receiver and returner, Rodgers still holds the NCAA record for TDs scored on kick returns (eight) in a career.

Heisman moment: In the 1971 Game of the Century against Oklahoma, Rodgers returned a punt 72 yards to spark a 35-31 Cornhuskers win.

A defensive back early in his college career, Cappelletti switched to running back before his junior year. He gained 1,522 yards and scored 17 touchdowns in his senior season.

Heisman moment: Cappelletti had three straight 200-yard games in season's final month, as Nittany Lions went 12-0.

Only two-time Heisman winner set NCAA records with 31 consecutive games of 100 yards or more and a career average of 6.1 yards per carry.

Heisman moment: After bobbling his only carry in his first OSU game, Griffin served notice in his second game, rushing for 239 yards to break a school record that had stood for 27 seasons.

First running back to gain 1,000 yards or more in each of four varsity seasons ran for an NCAA-record 1,948 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior.

Heisman moment: In season finale against Penn State, Dorsett ran for 224 yards to become first player to rush for more than 6,000 career yards, while leading Pitt to national title.

This unstoppable force rushed for 1,744 yards in his senior year, an estimated 800 of those yards coming after contact. He had 4,443 yards and 41 touchdowns for his career.

Heisman moment: With the No. 1 and 2 UT quarterbacks injured, Campbell rushed for 124 yards and a touchdown against Oklahoma to lead Texas to a 13-6 victory.

In bid to become second player to win two Heismans, in 1979, Sims finished behind Charles White of USC, even though he led nation in total rushing yards and scoring.

Heisman moment: Rushed for more than 200 yards in four games as a junior in 1978, finishing the season with 1,762 yards on 231 attempts for an average of 7.6 per carry.

Trojans' workhorse led the nation in rushing yards per game (180.3) as a senior and scored 19 touchdowns.

Heisman moment: In a showdown with Notre Dame, White carried the ball 44 times for 261 yards and scored four touchdowns in a 42-23 Trojans victory.