Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott received 42 points, becoming just the second MSU player to earn votes in the 80 years of the Heisman Trophy. Oregon's Marcus Mariota won the Heisman Saturday night with 2,543 points beating out Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon and Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper.
Prescott finished eight in the Heisman Trophy balloting. Tom "Shorty" McWilliams finished 10th in the voting in 1944. McWilliams was enshrined into Mississippi State's Ring of Honor earlier this season.
Dak has guided the seventh-ranked Bulldogs to 10 wins and 2 losses and he took MSU from unranked to No. 1 faster than any team in college football history. No other Mississippi State football team had won 10 regular-season games and the Bulldogs are headed to the program's first Orange Bowl berth since 1941.
In the last seven years only two players averaged over 240 yards passing and 75 yards rushing per game...Dak Prescott (2014) and Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M (2012). The Haughton, Louisiana native was the only player in the nation to rank in the top 20 in both passing and rushing touchdowns.
Mississippi State battles No. 12 Georgia Tech in the Capital One Orange Bowl on December 31 at 7:10 p.m. on ESPN from Sun Life Stadium in Miami.
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