Joe Burrow won the 2019 Heisman Trophy on Saturday night, and the race wasn’t close. The LSU quarterback won the award in a record-breaking landslide, receiving a record 90.7% of first place votes (841) and setting the record for highest percentage of points available received at 93.8%. Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts finished (a distant) second in the voting, followed by Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, and Ohio State edge rusher Chase Young (who finished second in first place votes with 20).
It's official: Joe Burrow is your 2019 Heisman winner 🔥
— ESPN (@espn) December 15, 2019
Joe Burrow won the Heisman Trophy in a landslide:
-Second most total first-place votes (841)
-Largest margin of victory (1,846 points)
-Highest percentage of first-place votes (90.7%)
-Highest percentage of possible points (93.8%)
-Highest percentage of ballots named (95.5%)
— Joey Kaufman (@joeyrkaufman) December 15, 2019
LSU quarterback Joe Burrow wins the 2019 Heisman Trophy… and he won by a lot. #Sooners QB Jalen Hurts finishes in 2nd place. Justin Fields 3rd, Chase Young 4th. Full results ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/ldLsSJLzQC
— Lee Benson (@LeeBensonNews9) December 15, 2019
The result was no surprise to anybody that’s followed this college football season (or even just taken a quick peek at Burrow’s numbers and LSU’s success). The senior has thrown for 48 touchdowns with just six interceptions this season, and has led undefeated LSU (13-0) to the top seed in the College Football Playoff.
So everybody knew that Burrow was going to win the award, and that took some drama away from the award show. But Burrow made the event worthwhile with a tremendous, emotional acceptance speech. Burrow got particularly emotional when talking about LSU head coach Ed Orgeron.
Joe Burrow and his ode to Coach Orgeron and Coach O tightening up…all the feels, man. That's the gold standard for the Heisman, hell, any acceptance speech. pic.twitter.com/lZgvknm6zK
— Aslan Hajivandi (@AslanHodges) December 15, 2019
“Coach O… you have no idea what you mean to my family. You know, I didn’t play for three years. You took a chance on me, not knowing if I could play or not. I’m forever in your… I’m forever grateful for you. Can you imagine a guy like Coach O giving me the keys to his football program? He just means so much to me and my family. And to LSU. I sure hope they give him a lifetime contract. He deserves it.”
Burrow and Orgeron will look to keep up their remarkable season when the Tigers take on Oklahoma on Dec. 28 in the College Football Playoff semifinal.