Heisman Trophy winners in bowl games

Alabama running back Mark Ingram is the third consecutive sophomore to win the Heisman and just the third Heisman recipient this decade to win his bowl game.

USC quarterback Matt Leinart, whose team won the 2005 Orange Bowl over Oklahoma and fellow Trojans quarterback Carson Palmer, the 2002 winner, are the two.

Ingram is the eighth Heisman winner this decade to play in the BCS title game, and he bucked some odds in that regard, too. Leinart is the only other Heisman winner who has won in the title game.

Here’s a look at how Heisman winners have fared in bowls since the Heisman was introduced in the 1935 season.

BY DECADE: 2000-07 | 1990-99 | 1980-89 | 1970-79 | 1960-69 | 1950-59 | 1940-49 | 1935-39

The 2000s
2009: Alabama RB Mark Ingram
Won 37-21 over Texas in the BCS National Championship Game. Ingram rushed 22 times for 116 yards and scored two touchdowns.
2008: Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford
Lost 24-14 to Florida in the BCS National Championship Game. Bradford was 26-of-41 for 257 yards and two touchdowns in the game, but two interceptions proved impossible to overcome.
2007: Florida QB Tim Tebow
Lost 41-35 to Michigan in the Capital One Bowl. Tebow was 17-of-33 for a season-low 154 yards and three touchdowns; he also ran for 57 yards and a score. His 211 total yards were a season low.
2006: Ohio State QB Troy Smith
Lost 41-14 to Florida in the BCS National Championship Game. Smith was 4-of-14 for 35 yards with one interception. He also ran 10 times for minus-29 yards.
2005: USC RB Reggie Bush
Lost 41-38 to Texas in the Rose Bowl. Bush had 279 all-purpose yards. 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
Won 55-19 over Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. Leinart was 18-of-35 for 332 yards and five touchdowns.
2003: Oklahoma QB Jason White
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
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
Lost 37-14 to Miami in the Rose Bowl. Crouch ran for 114 yards on 22 carries and completed 5 of 15 passes for 62 yards and an interception that was returned for a touchdown.
2000: Florida State QB Chris Weinke
Lost 13-2 to Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. Weinke was 25-of-51 for 274 yards and two interceptions.
The 1990s
1999: Wisconsin RB Ron Dayne
Won 17-9 over Stanford in the Rose Bowl. Dayne ran 34 times for 200 yards and a touchdown.
1998: Texas RB Ricky Williams
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
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
Won 52-20 over Florida State in the 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
No bowl.
1988: Oklahoma State RB Barry Sanders
Won 62-14 over Wyoming in the Holiday Bowl. Sanders carried 29 times for 222 yards and five touchdowns, and he also had two receptions for 36 yards.
1987: Notre Dame WR Tim Brown
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
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
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
Won 45-28 over Houston in the Cotton Bowl. Flutie was 13-of-37 for 180 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions.
1983: Nebraska RB Mike Rozier
Lost 31-30 to Miami in the Orange Bowl. Rozier ran for 147 yards on 25 carries.
1982: Georgia RB Herschel Walker
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
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
Lost 37-9 to Pitt in the Gator Bowl. Rogers had 27 carries for 113 yards.
The 1970s
1979: USC RB Charles White
Won 17-16 over Ohio State in the Rose Bowl. White ran for 247 yards and the winning touchdown on 39 carries. On the winning drive, White carried six times for 71 yards; his 1-yard touchdown run came with 1:32 left.
1978: Oklahoma RB Billy Sims
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
Lost 38-10 to Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl. Campbell ran 29 times for 116 yards.
1976: Pitt RB Tony Dorsett
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
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
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
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
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
Lost 40-22 to Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl. Sullivan was 20-of-44 for 250 yards with a touchdown and an interception.
1970: Stanford QB Jim Plunkett
Won 27-17 over Ohio State in the Rose Bowl. Plunkett was 20-of-30 for 265 yards with a touchdown and an interception. He also ran nine times for 26 yards as Stanford upset unbeaten Ohio State.
The 1960s
1969: Oklahoma FB Steve Owens
No bowl.
1968: USC RB O.J. Simpson
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
No bowl.
1966: Florida QB Steve Spurrier
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
No bowl.
1964: Notre Dame QB John Huarte
No bowl.
1963: Navy QB Roger Staubach
Lost 28-6 to Texas in the Cotton Bowl. Staubach was 21-of-31 for 228 yards and an interception, and he 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
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-of-21 passing for 123 yards.
1961: Syracuse RB Ernie Davis
Won 15-14 over Miami in the Liberty Bowl. Davis ran 30 times for 140 yards and a touchdown.
1960: Navy RB Joe Bellino
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 he caught a 28-yard touchdown pass.
The 1950s
1959: LSU RB Billy Cannon
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
No bowl.
1957: Texas A&M RB John David Crow
Lost 3-0 to Tennessee in the Gator Bowl. Crow ran for 46 yards on 14 carries.
1956: Notre Dame QB Paul Hornung
No bowl.
1955: Ohio State RB Howard Cassady
No bowl.
1954: Wisconsin FB Alan Ameche
No bowl.
1953: Notre Dame RB John Lattner
No bowl.
1952: Oklahoma RB Billy Vessels
No bowl.
1951: Princeton RB Dick Kazmaier
No bowl.
1950: Ohio State RB Vic Janowicz
No bowl.
The 1940s
1949: Notre Dame E Leon Hart
No bowl.
1948: SMU RB Doak Walker
Won 21-13 over Oregon in the Cotton Bowl. Walker ran for 66 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries, completed 6 of 10 passes for 79 yards and also kicked two extra points.
1947: Notre Dame QB John Lujack
No bowl.
1946: Army RB Glenn Davis
No bowl.
1945: Army FB Doc Blanchard
No bowl.
1944: Ohio State QB Les Horvath
No bowl.
1943: Notre Dame QB Angelo Bertelli
No bowl.
1942: Georgia RB Frank Sinkwich
No bowl.
1941: Minnesota RB Bruce Smith
No bowl.
1940: Michigan RB Tom Harmon
No bowl.
The 1930s
1939: Iowa RB Nile Kinnick
No bowl.
1938: TCU QB Davey O'Brien
Won 15-7 over Carnegie Tech in the Sugar Bowl. O'Brien was 17-of-27 for 225 yards, and he also kicked a field goal.
1937: Yale RB Clint Frank
No bowl.
1936: Yale E Larry Kelley
No bowl.
1935: Chicago RB Jay Berwanger
No bowl.