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The Heisman Winners: 2000s


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

Former Toronto Blue Jays farmhand became oldest Heisman winner at 28 after leading nation in passing yards (4,167).

Heisman moment: While battling the flu, threw for 353 yards and three touchdowns against No. 4 Florida to lead Seminoles to their third straight national championship game.

Versatile option quarterback had almost as many rushing yards (1,115) as passing yards (1,510) his senior season.

Heisman moment: Capped a perfectly executed trick play -- the famous Black 41 Flash Reverse Pass -- against second-ranked and then-undefeated Oklahoma with a 63-yard touchdown reception in a 20-10 win.

Had breakout senior year, passing for 3,942 yards, 33 touchdowns and just 10 interceptions for 11-2 Trojans.

Heisman moment: Ended season throwing for 425 yards and four touchdowns in a 44-13 pummeling of Notre Dame and its No. 2-ranked pass defense.

Hurled a school-record 40 TDs for a prolific Sooners offense after returning from two reconstructive knee surgeries.

Heisman moment: In his last home game, completed 29 of 35 passes for 383 yards and three TDs in a 30-3 rout of Nebraska and set a school record with 18 straight completions.

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USC's career leader in touchdown passes (99) and the third quarterback in more than 30 years to win back-to-back AP national championships.

Heisman moment: Like predecessor Palmer, he locked up the Trophy by tearing up Notre Dame (400 passing yards, five TDs).

One of the sport's most explosive players and an all-around threat, amassing 1,658 yards rushing on 187 carries with 15 touchdowns in the regular season.

Heisman moment: In a dazzling performance against Fresno State, set a Pac-10 record of 513 all-purpose yards, including 294 rushing, just three weeks before he was honored with the Trophy.

Dual-threat quarterback and runaway winner of the Trophy, earning a record 91.0% of the first-place votes.

Heisman moment: With the Trophy virtually locked up, passed for 316 yards and four touchdowns in the much-hyped regular-season finale against No. 2 Michigan.

First sophomore to win the Heisman and only NCAA Division I-A player to rush and pass for at least 20 touchdowns in a season.

Heisman moment: Uncorked his signature play -- the jump pass -- to a wide-open Aaron Hernandez for one of four touchdown passes in a 45-37 victory against Kentucky.

Led the highest-scoring team in major-college football history with 50 touchdown passes, 4,720 passing yards and a 67.9 completion percentage.

Heisman moment: His wild, heels-over-head somersault near the end zone in the Sooners' regular-season finale against Oklahoma State, one play before a one-yard TD sneak.