Texas linebacker Malik Jefferson (46) sacks Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) during the first half at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. Texas won, 24-17. (Brandon Wade/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS)


A look at the 12 Heisman winners Texas has faced; will Baker Mayfield be the 13th?

Posted December 7th, 2017


If Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield wins the Heisman Trophy on Saturday, expect to see one or two Red River Rivalry moments on his highlight reel.

Mayfield threw for 302 yards and two touchdowns in the Sooners’ 29-24 win over Texas on Oct. 14. He threw the first of his five interceptions this season against the Longhorns, and his 63.0 completion percentage tied his season low. The final one of Mayfield’s 27 pass attempts that day, however, was a 59-yard touchdown to Mark Andrews with 6:53 remaining.

Since the first Heisman was handed out in 1935, Texas has faced 12 eventual Heisman winners during that same season. That doesn’t include Heisman winners that the Longhorns have played against in bowl games, since the Heisman is a regular-season award. Those Heisman bowl matchups include Alabama’s Mark Ingram (2009), USC’s Reggie Bush (2005) and Navy’s Roger Staubach (1963).


Here’s how Texas fared against eventual Heisman winners when they met earlier in the season. The Longhorns are 3-9 in those games:

Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III eludes Texas linebacker Emmanuel Acho at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco on Dec. 3, 2011. (Jay Janner/American-Statesman)

Robert Griffin III, Baylor QB (2011)

Griffin’s closing argument to Heisman voters was made in a 48-24 regular-season finale win over the Longhorns that lifted Baylor to a 9-3 record and an Alamo Bowl bid. Griffin threw for 320 yards in Waco and accounted for four touchdowns.

Sam Bradford, Oklahoma QB (2008)

Bradford torched the Texas secondary with 387 passing yards and five touchdowns. His No. 1-ranked Sooners, however, were beaten 45-35 by a team led by Colt McCoy (277 yards, 1 TD). Bradford went onto secure a 122-point win over McCoy in the Heisman Trophy voting, though.

Troy Smith, Ohio State QB (2006)

In the second week of the 2006 season, Smith helped Ohio State justify its No. 1 ranking in a 24-7 win over the defending national champion Longhorns. Smith threw for 269 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions.

Oklahoma quarterback Jason White looks to pass against Texas’ Tim Crowder and Aaron Harris during the first quarter of the Red River Shootout in Dallas, on Oct. 11, 2003. (Deborah Cannon/American-Statesman)

Jason White, Oklahoma QB (2003)

White had as many touchdown tosses as incomplete passes (four) against Texas, and his 290 yards paced the Sooners’ 65-13 win. Texas holds a 61-46-5 lead in its all-time series with Oklahoma, but the Sooners’ 52-point victory in 2003 is the rivalry’s largest rout.

Rashaan Salaam, Colorado RB (1994)

In a 34-31 win over Texas, Salaam’s 362 all-purpose yards set a single-game record at Colorado that still stands today. His 317 rushing yards rank second in school history. Perhaps the most-surprising stat from that game in Austin: Salaam scored only once.

Andre Ware, Houston QB (1989)

Ware, Houston’s first and only Heisman winner, threw for 411 yards and four touchdowns against Texas. The star of the Cougars’ 47-9 win, though, may have been Manny Hazard, who caught 19 passes to match the school record he had set the week before against TCU.

Billy Sims, Oklahoma RB (1978)

In its 31-10 win over Texas, Oklahoma outrushed the Longhorns by a 311-142 advantage in yards. Sims accounted for 131 of those, and his two touchdowns propelled the Sooners to a 14-0 lead. With the win over the No. 6-ranked Longhorns, OU maintained its No. 1 ranking.

Steve Owens, Oklahoma RB (1969)

Owens scored 57 touchdowns over three seasons at Oklahoma, but his only score against Texas came in a 27-17 loss to UT in 1969. Owens also ran for 123 yards in the defeat. Texas went onto win a national championship, though.

Texas A&M’s John David Crow competes against Texas in College Station on Nov. 28, 1957. (Cushing Memorial Library archives)

John David Crow, Texas A&M RB (1957)

Crow got into the end zone against Texas, but his fourth-quarter touchdown was the Aggies’ only score in a 9-7 loss. Leading the Longhorns for the first time in this rivalry was Darrell Royal, who won his first 10 matchups against Texas A&M.

Billy Vessels, Oklahoma RB (1952)

Vessels ran for only 106 yards against Texas, but his 2-yard touchdown run kick-started a 28-0 run by Oklahoma in the first quarter of a 49-20 triumph. Vessels scored twice more, a pair of 60- and 1-yard touchdowns that were exclamation marks in the fourth quarter.

Doak Walker, SMU RB (1948)

Walker was tied to all of SMU’s points in a 21-6 win over the Longhorns. He rushed for two touchdowns, threw an 18-yard touchdown pass and kicked three extra points. A Southwest Conference-record 68,750 fans witnessed Walker’s big game in Austin.

Davey O’Brien, TCU QB (1938)

In a 28-6 win — TCU’s eighth victory in an 11-0 season — O’Brien threw for a touchdown and kicked four extra-points. UT coach Dana Bible said afterward that he had seen better rushing attacks from Midwest teams, but “On passing, TCU is better.”

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