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December 18, 2007

How Heisman winners fared in bowl games

Florida QB Tim Tebow is the first Heisman winner not to be playing in a national-title game since USC quarterback Carson Palmer in 2002. Tebow hopes to be able to do what Palmer did that season: win a bowl as the Heisman winner.

Palmer and USC quarterback Matt Leinart (2004) are the only Heisman winners this decade to also win their bowl games.

A look at how Heisman winners have fared in bowls since the Heisman was introduced in the 1935 season.

BY DECADE: 2000-06 | 1990-99 | 1980-89 | 1970-79 | 1960-69 | 1950-59 | 1940-49 | 1935-39

The 2000s
2006: Ohio State QB Troy Smith
BOWL RESULT: Lost 41-14 to Florida in BCS National Championship Game. Smith was 4-for-14 for 35 yards with one interception. He also ran 10 times for minus-29 yards.
2005: USC TB Reggie Bush
BOWL RESULT: Lost 41-38 to Texas in the Rose Bowl. Bush had 279 all-purpose yards and one touchdown. He ran for 82 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries, caught six passes for 95 yards and had 102 yards on five kickoff returns.
2004: USC QB Matt Leinart
BOWL RESULT: Won 55-19 over Oklahoma in Orange Bowl. Leinart was 18 of 35 for 332 yards and five touchdowns.
2003: Oklahoma QB Jason White
BOWL RESULT: Lost 21-14 to LSU in the Sugar Bowl. White was 13 of 37 for 102 yards and two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown.
2002: USC QB Carson Palmer
BOWL RESULT: Won 38-17 over Iowa in the Orange Bowl. Palmer was 21 of 31 for 303 yards and one touchdown.
2001: Nebraska QB Eric Crouch
BOWL RESULT: Lost 37-14 to Miami in the Rose Bowl. Crouch ran for 114 yards on 22 carries and completed five of 15 passes for 62 yards and an interception that was returned for a touchdown.
2000: Florida State QB Chris Weinke
BOWL RESULT: Lost 13-2 to Oklahoma in Orange Bowl. Weinke was 25 of 51 for 274 yards and two interceptions.
The 1990s
1999: Wisconsin RB Ron Dayne
BOWL RESULT: Won 17-9 over Stanford in the Rose Bowl. Dayne ran 34 times for 200 yards and a touchdown.
1998: Texas RB Ricky Williams
BOWL RESULT: Won 38-11 over Mississippi State in the Cotton Bowl. Williams ran 30 times for 203 yards and two touchdowns.
1997: Michigan CB Charles Woodson
BOWL RESULT: Won 21-16 over Washington State in the Rose Bowl. Woodson had an interception and had two carries for 6 yards and one catch for 7 yards.
1996: Florida QB Danny Wuerffel
BOWL RESULT: Won 52-20 over Florida State in Sugar Bowl. Wuerffel was 18 of 34 for 306 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran for a 16-yard score. He finished with six carries for minus-10 yards.
1995: Ohio State RB Eddie George, Ohio State
BOWL RESULT: Lost 20-14 to Tennessee in the Citrus Bowl. George rushed for 101 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries.
1994: Colorado RB Rashaan Salaam
BOWL RESULT: Won 41-24 over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl. Salaam ran 27 times for 83 yards and three touchdowns on runs of 1, 1, and 5 yards.
1993: Florida State QB Charlie Ward
BOWL RESULT: Won 18-16 over Nebraska in the Orange Bowl. Ward was 24 of 43 for 286 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions, and he also ran eight times for minus-3 yards.
1992: Miami QB Gino Torretta
BOWL RESULT: Lost 34-13 to Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Torretta was 24 of 56 for 278 yards, with no touchdowns and three interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown.
1991: Michigan WR Desmond Howard
BOWL RESULT: Lost 34-14 to Washington in the Rose Bowl. Howard had one catch for 35 yards and one carry for 15 yards.
1990: BYU QB Ty Detmer
BOWL RESULT: Lost 65-14 to Texas A&M in the Holiday Bowl. Detmer was 11 of 23 for 120 yards, with one touchdown and one interception before leaving with a shoulder injury in the third quarter.
The 1980s
1989: Houston QB Andre Ware
BOWL RESULT: No bowl
1988: Oklahoma State RB Barry Sanders
BOWL RESULT: Won 62-14 over Wyoming in the Holiday Bowl. Sanders carried 29 times for 222 yards and five touchdowns, and also had two receptions for 36 yards.
1987: Notre Dame WR Tim Brown
BOWL RESULT: Lost 35-10 to Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl. Brown had six catches for 105 yards and a touchdown.
1986: Miami QB Vinny Testaverde
BOWL RESULT: Lost 14-10 to Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl. Testaverde was 26 of 50 for 285 yards, with no touchdowns and five interceptions. He also ran nine times for minus-10 yards.
1985: Auburn RB Bo Jackson
BOWL RESULT: Lost 36-16 to Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl. Jackson ran for 129 yards and a touchdown on 31 carries.
1984: Boston College QB Doug Flutie
BOWL RESULT: Won 45-28 over Houston in the Cotton Bowl. Flutie was 13 of 37 for 180 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.
1983: Nebraska RB Mike Rozier
BOWL RESULT: Lost 31-30 to Miami in the Orange Bowl. Rozier ran for 147 yards on 25 carries.
1982: Georgia RB Herschel Walker
BOWL RESULT: Lost 27-23 to Penn State in the Sugar Bowl. Walker ran 28 times for 103 yards and a touchdown.
1981: USC RB Marcus Allen
BOWL RESULT: Lost 26-10 to Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl. Allen ran for 85 yards on 30 carries, and he fumbled once.
1980: South Carolina RB George Rogers
BOWL RESULT: Lost 37-9 to Pitt in the Gator Bowl. Rogers had 27 carries for 113 yards.
The 1970s
1979: USC RB Charles White
BOWL RESULT: Won 17-16 over Ohio State in the Rose Bowl. White ran for 247 yards and the game-winning touchdown on 39 carries. On the game-winning drive, White carried six times for 71 yards; his 1-yard touchdown run came with 1:32 left.
1978: Oklahoma RB Billy Sims
BOWL RESULT: Won 31-24 over Nebraska in the Orange Bowl. Sims ran for 134 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries.
1977: Texas RB Earl Campbell
BOWL RESULT: Lost 38-10 to Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl. Campbell ran 29 times for 116 yards.
1976: Pitt RB Tony Dorsett
BOWL RESULT: Won 27-3 over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. Dorsett ran for 202 yards and a touchdown on 32 carries as the Panthers clinched the national title.
1975: Ohio State RB Archie Griffin
BOWL RESULT: Lost 23-10 to UCLA in the Rose Bowl. Griffin, who played with a broken wrist for much of the day, finished with 93 yards on 17 carries.
1974: Ohio State RB Archie Griffin
BOWL RESULT: Lost 18-17 to USC in the Rose Bowl. Griffin was held to 75 yards on 20 carries snapping his streak of 100-yard games at 23 in a row and didn't score.
1973: Penn State RB John Capelletti
BOWL RESULT: Won 16-9 over LSU in the Orange Bowl. Capelletti rushed for 50 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries.
1972: Nebraska WR Johnny Rodgers
BOWL RESULT: Won 40-6 over Notre Dame in the Orange Bowl. Rodgers played mostly tailback against the Irish and ran for 81 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries, passed 52 yards for a touchdown and had three receptions for 71 yards and another score.
1971: Auburn QB Pat Sullivan
BOWL RESULT: Lost 40-22 to Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl. Sullivan was 20 of 44 for 250 yards, a touchdown and an interception.
1970: Stanford QB Jim Plunkett
BOWL RESULT: Won 27-17 over Ohio State in the Rose Bowl. Plunkett was 20 of 30 for 265 yards, a touchdown and an interception. He also ran nine times for 26 yards as Stanford upset unbeaten Ohio State.
The 1960s
1969: Oklahoma RB Steve Owens
BOWL RESULT: No bowl
1968: USC RB OJ Simpson
BOWL RESULT: Lost 27-16 to Ohio State in the Rose Bowl. Simpson rushed for 171 yards on 28 carries and scored on an 80-yard run.
1967: UCLA QB Gary Beban
BOWL RESULT: No bowl
1966: Florida QB Steve Spurrier
BOWL RESULT: Won 27-12 over Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl. Spurrier was 14 of 30 for 160 yards and he also ran four times for 14 yards.
1965: USC RB Mike Garrett
BOWL RESULT: No bowl
1964: Notre Dame QB John Huarte
BOWL RESULT: No bowl
1963: Navy QB Roger Staubach
BOWL RESULT: Lost 28-6 to Texas in the Cotton Bowl. Staubach was 21 of 31 for 228 yards and an interception, and ran 2 yards for a score. In all, Staubach rushed 12 times for minus-47 yards as the Middies finished with minus-14 rushing yards.
1962: Oregon State QB Terry Baker
BOWL RESULT: Won 6-0 over Villanova in the Liberty Bowl. Baker scored the only touchdown on a 99-yard run early in the first quarter. He ran 13 times for 137 yards and also was 9-for-21 for 123 passing yards.
1961: Syracuse RB Ernie Davis
BOWL RESULT: Won 15-14 over Miami in the Liberty Bowl. Davis ran 30 times for 140 yards and a touchdown.
1960: Navy RB Joe Bellino
BOWL RESULT: Lost 21-14 to Missouri in the Orange Bowl. Bellino was held to 4 yards on eight carries the Middies rushed 24 times for minus-8 yards but caught a 28-yard touchdown pass.
The 1950s
1959: RB Billy Cannon, LSU
BOWL RESULT: Lost 21-0 to Ole Miss in the Sugar Bowl. Cannon rushed for 8 yards on six carries as the Tigers were held to one first down and minus-15 rushing yards. Cannon also had three receptions for 39 yards.
1958: Army RB Pete Dawkins
BOWL RESULT: No bowl
1957: Texas A&M RB John David Crow
BOWL RESULT: Lost 3-0 to Tennessee in Gator Bowl. Crow ran for 46 yards on 14 carries.
1956: Notre Dame RB Paul Hornung
BOWL RESULT: No bowl
1955: Ohio State RB Howard Cassady
BOWL RESULT: No bowl
1954: Wisconsin RB Alan Ameche
BOWL RESULT: No bowl
1953: Notre Dame RB John Lattner
BOWL RESULT: No bowl
1952: Oklahoma RB Billy Vessels
BOWL RESULT: No bowl
1951: Princeton RB Dick Kazmaier
BOWL RESULT: No bowl
1950: Ohio State RB Vic Janowicz
BOWL RESULT: No bowl
The 1940s
1949: Notre Dame E Leon Hart
BOWL RESULT: No bowl
1948: SMU RB Doak Walker
BOWL RESULT: Won 21-13 over Oregon in the Cotton Bowl. Walker ran for 66 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries, completed six of 10 passes for 79 yards and also kicked two extra points.
1947: Notre Dame QB John Lujack
BOWL RESULT: No bowl
1946: Army RB Glenn Davis
BOWL RESULT: No bowl
1945: Army RB Felix Blanchard
BOWL RESULT: No bowl
1944: Ohio State QB Les Horvath
BOWL RESULT: No bowl
1943: Notre Dame QB Angelo Bertelli
BOWL RESULT: No bowl
1942: Georgia RB Frank Sinkwich
BOWL RESULT: No bowl
1941: Minnesota RB Bruce Smith
BOWL RESULT: No bowl
1940: Michigan RB Tom Harmon
BOWL RESULT: No bowl
The 1930s
1939: Iowa RB Nile Kinnick
BOWL RESULT: No bowl
1938: TCU QB Davey O'Brien
BOWL RESULT: Won 15-7 over Carnegie Tech in the Sugar Bowl. O'Brien was 17 of 27 for 225 yards and also kicked a field goal.
1937: Yale RB Clint Frank
BOWL RESULT: No bowl
1936: Yale E Larry Kelley
BOWL RESULT: No bowl
1935: Chicago RB Jay Berwanger
BOWL RESULT: No bowl

Mike Huguenin is the college sports editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at mhuguenin@rivals.com.



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