December 11th, 2005 Page updated 10:20pm
Reggie Bush Wins
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ncaa FOOTBALL betting - REGGIE BUSH WINS HEISMAN
New York, NY
Sportsbook) - Southern California running back
Reggie Bush has been named the winner of the 71st
Heisman Trophy, college football's most prestigious
individual honor, presented Saturday night at the
Nokia Theatre in Times Square.
became the seventh Trojan to capture the illustrious
award and the third in four years, after quarterbacks
Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart took the trophy in
2002 and 2004, respectively.
The other Southern California Heisman
winners were all running backs -- Mike Garrett (1965),
O.J. Simpson (1968), Charles White (1979), and Marcus
Bush, who received 784 first-place
votes and 2,541 total points, easily outdistanced
Texas quarterback Vince Young and Leinart for the
"This is amazing," Bush
said. "It's truly an honor to be elected to
this fraternity of Heisman winners. "I've been
in college for three years and this is the first
time I'm getting invited into a fraternity. It's
On the season, the dynamic Bush has
been one of the main reasons that USC (12-0) has
won 34 straight games. The junior running back has
rushed for 1,658 yards and 15 touchdowns on 187
carries while also hauling in 31 passes for 383
yards and two scores. Combined with his kick and
punt returns, Bush has accumulated 2,611 all-purpose
yards for the No. 1 ranked Trojans.
In addition to winning the Heisman,
the 20-year-old Bush also took home some other impressive
hardware this season. He was named the Walter Camp
Football Foundation's Player of the Year and won
the Doak Walker Award, given to the nation's top
Bush became the first running back
to win the Heisman since 1999, when Wisconsin's
Ron Dayne took home the award.
Young, a junior, is 182-of-285 for
2,769 yards with 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions
this season for the Longhorns (12-0), who have won
19 straight games. The mobile QB, who picked up
79 first-place votes and received 1,608 total points,
has also rushed for nine touchdowns and 850 yards
on 136 carries.
Despite not winning the Heisman,
the 22-year-old Young did receive other honors this
season. Young captured the Maxwell Award as the
nation's top college football player and also won
the Davey O'Brien Award as the nation's top quarterback.
Leinart, who was trying to join Archie
Griffin as the only two-time winner of the Heisman
Award, finished a distant third. The senior signal-caller,
who earned 18 first-place nods and 797 total points,
has completed 254-of-391 passes for 3,450 yards
and 27 touchdowns to only seven interceptions.
The 22-year-old Leinart did not repeat
in his Heisman bid, but did capture the Johnny Unitas
Golden Arm Award, presented annually to the nation's
top senior quarterback.
"His decision to come back this
year has changed my life so much," Bush said
All three players will also be in
action on January 4, as the country's top two teams
will do battle for the national championship at
the Rose Bowl.
Southern California will be attempting
to capture its third straight national title, a
feat never before accomplished, while Texas will
aim to win a national championship for the first
time since 1969.
Notre Dame quarterback Brady
Quinn finished fourth in the Heisman balloting,
while Penn State signal-caller Michael Robinson
rounded out the top five.
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