Heisman Records & Statistics

All season statistics are from the time of the Heisman vote unless otherwise noted.

Total Offense
Minimum: 2,000 yards gained in a Heisman-winning season

Total Offense Superlatives
Highest total offense average per game: 423.7, Andre Ware, 1989.
Most yards of total offense gained in one game: 610, Lamar Jackson vs. Syracuse, 2016.
Most yards of total offense gained by a returning Heisman winner: 603, Ty Detmer vs. San Diego State, 1991.
Most yards of total offense gained in one half: 510, Andre Ware vs. SMU, 1989.
Most 500-yard games of total offense in a season (including bowl game):3, Johnny Manziel, 2012.
Passed for 2,000, rushed for 1,000 yards in a season:Johnny Manziel, 2012; Cam Newton, 2010; Lamar Jackson, 2016.
Passed for 3,000 yards, rushed for 1,000 yards in a season: Lamar Jackson, 2016
Most yards in a bowl game: 533, Tim Tebow vs. Cincinnati, 2010 Sugar Bowl.

Yards Per Play

Winner Year Yards per Play
Baker Mayfield 2017 10.24
Jameis Winston 2013 9.42
Sam Bradford 2008 9.39
Marcus Mariota 2014 9.10
Chris Weinke 2000 8.83
Robert Griffin III 2011 8.74
Danny Wuerffel 1995 8.33
Cam Newton 2010 8.19
Lamar Jackson 2016 8.00
Ty Detmer 1990 7.90
Johnny Manziel 2012 7.87

Most yards per play in one game: 15.05, Baker Mayfield vs. West Virginia, 2017

Season Rushing Yards
Minimum: 500 yards gained in a Heisman-winning season.

Player, School Year Games Yards
Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State 1988 11 2,628
Marcus Allen, USC 1981 11 2,342
Mike Rozier, Nebraska 1983 12 2,148
Ricky Williams, Texas 1998 11 2,124
Rashaan Salaam, Colorado 1994 11 2,055
Derrick Henry, Alabama 2015 13 1,986
Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh 1976 11 1,948
Ron Dayne, Wisconsin 1999 11 1,834
Eddie George, Ohio State 1995 12 1,826
Charles White, USC 1979 10 1,803
Bo Jackson, Auburn 1985 11 1,786
George Rogers, South Carolina 1980 11 1,781
Billy Sims, Oklahoma 1978 11 1,762
Herschel Walker, Georgia 1982 11 1,752
Earl Campbell, Texas 1977 11 1,744
O.J. Simpson, USC 1968 10 1,709
Archie Griffin, Ohio State 1974 11 1,620
Mark Ingram, Alabama 2009 13 1,542
Lamar Jackson, Louisville 2016 12 1,538
Steve Owens, Oklahoma 1969 10 1,523
John Cappelletti, Penn State 1973 10 1,522
Mike Garrett, USC 1965 10 1,440
Cam Newton, Auburn 2010 13 1,409
Archie Griffin, Ohio State 1975 11 1,357
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M 2012 12 1,181
Eric Crouch, Nebraska 2001 12 1,115
Billy Vessels, Oklahoma 1952 10 1,072
Howard Cassady, Ohio State 1955 10 958
Les Horvath, Ohio State 1944 9 891
Dick Kazmaier, Princeton 1951 9 869
Tim Tebow, Florida 2007 12 857
Tom Harmon, Michigan 1940 8 852
Joe Bellino, Navy 1960 10 834
Ernie Davis, Syracuse 1961 10 823
Frank Sinkwich, Georgia 1942 11 762
Doc Blanchard, Army 1945 9 718
Glenn Davis, Army 1946 10 712
Marcus Mariota, Oregon 2014 13 669
Robert Griffin III, Baylor 2011 12 644
Alan Ameche, Wisconsin 1954 9 641
Billy Cannon, LSU 1959 10 598
Jay Berwanger, Chicago 1935 8 577
John David Crow, Texas A&M 1957 8 562
Terry Baker, Oregon State 1962 10 538
Doak Walker, SMU 1948 10 532

Rushing Yards Per Game

Player, School Year Yards
Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State 1988 238.9
Marcus Allen, USC 1981 212.9
Ricky Williams, Texas 1998 193.1
Rashaan Salaam, Colorado 1994 186.8
Charles White, USC 1979 180.3
Mike Rozier, Nebraska 1983 179.0
Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh 1976 177.0
O.J. Simpson, USC 1967 170.9
Ron Dayne, Wisconsin 1999 166.7
Bo Jackson, Auburn 1985 162.4
George Rogers, South Carolina 1980 161.9
Billy Sims, Oklahoma 1978 160.2
Herschel Walker, Georgia 1982 159.3
Earl Campbell, Texas 1977 158.5
Derrick Henry, Alabama 2015 152.8
Steve Owens, Oklahoma 1969 152.3
John Cappalletti, Penn State 1973 152.2
Eddie George, Ohio State 1995 152.2
Archie Griffin, Ohio State 1974 147.3
Mike Garrett, USC 1965 144.0
Lamar Jackson, Louisville 2016 128.1
Archie Griffin, Ohio State 1975 123.4
Mark Ingram, Alabama 2009 118.6
Cam Newton, Auburn 2010 108.4
Billy Vessels, Oklahoma 1952 107.2
Tom Harmon, Michigan 1940 106.5
Les Horvath, Ohio State 1944 99.0
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M 2012 98.4

The progression of the Heisman rushing record
1935 — Jay Berwanger, 577 yards
1940 — Tom Harmon, 852 yards
1944 — Les Horvath, 891 yards
1952 — Billy Vessels, 1,072 yards
1965 — Mike Garrett, 1,440 yards
1968 — O.J. Simpson, 1,709 yards
1976 — Tony Dorsett, 1,948 yards
1981 — Marcus Allen, 2,342 yards
1988 — Barry Sanders, 2,628 yards

Most yards gained per game: 238.9, Barry Sanders, 1989.
Most yards gained per carry (min. 215 rushes): 7.81, Mike Rozier, 1983.
Reached 1,000 yards by the fifth game: Marcus Allen (1981), Barry Sanders (1988), Ricky Williams (1998).
Most yards gained by a quarterback: 1,538, Lamar Jackson, 2016.
Most 200-yard games in a season: 8, Marcus Allen, 1981.
Most consecutive 200-yard games: 5, Marcus Allen (1981), Barry Sanders (1988).
Most 300-yard games in a season: 4, Barry Sanders, 1988.
Most consecutive 300-yard games: 2, Ricky Williams, 1998.
Longest rush: 99 yards, Terry Baker vs. Villanova, 1962.
Most yards gained in one game: 350, Ricky Williams vs. Iowa State, 1998.
Most carries in a season: 403, Marcus Allen, 1981.
Most carries per game, season: 36.6, Marcus Allen, 1981.
Most carries in a game: 55, Steve Owens vs. Oklahoma State, 1969.
Most rushing touchdowns, season: 37, Barry Sanders, 1988.
Most yards in a game by a returning Heisman winner: 282, Billy Sims vs. Missouri, 1979.
Most yards in a bowl game: 247, Charles White vs. Ohio State, 1980 Rose Bowl.

Passing Yardage
Minimum: 2,500 yards in a Heisman-winning season

Player, School Year Games Yards
Ty Detmer, BYU 1990 12 5,188
Andre Ware, Houston 1989 11 4,699
Sam Bradford, Oklahoma 2008 13 4,464
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma 2017 13 4,340
Chris Weinke, FSU 2000 12 4,167
Robert Griffin III, Baylor 2011 12 3,998
Jameis Winston, FSU 2013 13 3,820
Marcus Mariota, Oregon 2014 13 3,783
Jason White, Oklahoma 2003 13 3,744
Carson Palmer, USC 2002 12 3,639
Danny Wuerffel, Florida 1996 12 3,625
Doug Flutie, Boston College 1984 11 3,454
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M 2012 12 3,419
Lamar Jackson, Louisville 2016 12 3,390
Tim Tebow, Florida 2007 12 3,132
Gino Torretta, Miami 1992 11 3,060
Charlie Ward, FSU 1993 11 3,032
Matt Leinart, USC 2004 12 2,990
Jim Plunkett, Stanford 1970 11 2,715
Cam Newton, Auburn 2010 13 2,589
Vinny Testaverde, Miami 1986 11 2,557
Troy Smith, Ohio State 2006 12 2,507

Most passing yards gained per game: 432.3, Ty Detmer, 1990.
Most yards per pass attempt: 11.7, Baker Mayfield, 2017.
Most attempts, season: 578, Andre Ware, 1989.
Most attempts per game, season: 52.5, Andre Ware, 1989.
Most completions, season: 365, Andre Ware, 1989.
Most completions per game, season: 33.1, Andre Ware, 1989.
Most touchdown passes: 48, Sam Bradford, 2008.
Most touchdown passes per game: 4.2, Andre Ware, 1989.
Highest pass efficiency rating: 203.76, Baker Mayfield, 2017.
Highest completion percentage: .723, Robert Griffin III, 2011.
Most passing yards, game: 560, Ty Detmer vs. Utah State, 1990.
Most passing yards in a game by a returning Heisman winner: 599, Ty Detmer vs. San Diego State, 1991.
Most passing yards in a bowl game: 482, Tim Tebow vs. Cincinnati, 2010 Sugar Bowl.
Most touchdown passes in a game: 7, Andre Ware vs. Temple, 1989.
Most touchdown passes in a bowl game: 5, Matt Leinart vs. Oklahoma, 2005 Orange Bowl.

Passing Efficiency

Quarterback Year Rating
Baker Mayfield 2017 203.76
Robert Griffin III 2011 192.31
Jameis Winston 2013 190.05
Cam Newton 2010 188.16
Marcus Mariota 2014 186.79
Sam Bradford 2008 186.28
Tim Tebow 2007 177.85
Jason White 2003 167.99
Troy Smith 2006 167.87
Danny Wuerffel 1996 167.86
Vinny Testaverde 1986 165.79
Davey O’Brien 1938 165.33
Chris Weinke 2000 163.09
Charlie Ward 1993 157.84
Ty Detmer 1990 155.89
Johnny Manziel 2012 155.85
John Huarte 1964 155.13
Matt Leinart 2004 154.53
Doug Flutie 1984 153.43
Lamar Jackson 2016 153.34
Andre Ware 1989 152.51
Roger Staubach 1963 150.30
Carson Palmer 2002 148.31
Gary Beban 1967 135.61
Gino Torretta 1992 133.48
Pat Sullivan 1972 133.45
Steve Spurrier 1966 125.31
Jim Plunkett 1970 124.51
Eric Crouch 2001 124.31
Paul Hornung 1956 108.04

Season Receptions

Name Year Receptions
Desmond Howard 1991 61
Johnny Rodgers 1972 54
Eddie George 1995 44
Tim Brown 1987 39
Mark Ingram 2009 30
Marcus Allen 1981 29
Ricky Williams 1998 24
Rashaan Salaam 1994 24
Glenn Davis 1946 20
Leon Hart 1949 19
Barry Sanders 1988 19
OJ Simpson 1968 18
Larry Kelley 1936 17
Joe Bellino 1960 17
Ernie Davis 1961 16
Pete Dawkins 1958 16
Charles White 1979 16

Season Receiving Yardage

Name Year Yards
Desmond Howard 1991 950
Johnny Rodgers 1972 919
Tim Brown 1987 846
Pete Dawkins 1958 494
Eddie George 1995 389
Larry Kelley 1936 372
Glenn Davis 1946 348
Mark Ingram 2009 322
Rashaan Salaam 1994 294
Joe Bellino 1960 280
Doak Walker 1948 278
Ricky Williams 1998 262
Leon Hart 1949 257
Charles Woodson 1997 231
Marcus Allen 1981 217
John Lattner 1953 204

Season Touchdown Receptions

Name Year TDs
Desmond Howard 1991 19
Johnny Rodgers 1972 8
Pete Dawkins 1958 6
Glenn Davis 1946 6
Leon Hart 1949 5
Larry Kelley 1936 4
Tim Brown 1987 3
Joe Bellino 1960 3
Mark Ingram 2009 3
Felix “Doc” Blanchard 1945 3
Charles Woodson 1997 2
Ernie Davis 1961 2

Highest Yards per Catch, Season:41.50, Felix “Doc” Blanchard, 1945.
Most Catches in One Game:8, Desmond Howard, 1991; Johnny Rodgers, 1972; Eddie George, 1995.
Most TD receptions in One Game:3, Desmond Howard (at Boston College; vs. Indiana), 1991.
Most Receiving Yards in One Game:155, Desmond Howard at Minnesota, 1991.
Highest Yards per Catch, Game:64.0, Herschel Walker at Kentucky, 1982.
Most 100-yard receiving Games, Season:4, Desmond Howard, 1991

Total Touchdowns
Minimum: 20 total touchdowns

Player Year Passing Rushing Receiving Returns Total
Sam Bradford, Oklahoma 2008 48 5 0 0 53
Marcus Mariota, Oregon 2014 38 14 1 0 53
Lamar Jackson, Louisville 2016 30 21 0 0 51
Tim Tebow, Florida 2007 29 22 0 0 51
Cam Newton, Auburn 2010 28 20 1 0 49
Andre Ware, Houston 1989 46 3 0 0 49
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma 2017 41 5 0 0 46
Ty Detmer, BYU 1990 41 4 0 0 45
Robert Griffin III, Baylor 2011 36 9 0 0 45
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M 2012 24 19 0 0 43
Jameis Winston, FSU 2013 38 4 0 0 42
Jason White, Oklahoma 2003 40 1 0 0 41
Danny Wuerffel, Florida 1996 39 2 0 0 41
Barry Sanders, Okla. State. 1988 0 37 0 2 39
Carson Palmer, USC 2002 32 4 0 0 36
Chris Weinke, FSU 2000 33 1 0 0 34
Matt Leinart, USC 2004 28 3 0 0 31
Troy Smith, Ohio State 2006 30 1 0 0 31
Charlie Ward, FSU 1993 27 4 0 0 31
Doug Flutie, Boston College 1984 27 3 0 0 30
Vinny Testaverde, Miami 1986 26 4 0 0 30
Mike Rozier, Nebraska 1983 0 29 0 0 29
Ricky Williams, Texas 1998 0 27 1 0 28
Frank Sinkwich, Georgia 1942 10 16 0 0 26
Eric Crouch, Nebraska 2001 7 18 1 0 26
Eddie George, Ohio State 1995 0 24 1 0 25
Terry Baker, Oregon State 1962 15 9 0 0 24
Rashaan Salaam, Colorado 1994 0 24 0 0 24
Marcus Allen, USC 1981 0 22 1 0 23
Derrick Henry 2015 0 23 0 0 23
Desmond Howard, Michigan 1991 0 2 19 2 23
Steve Owens, Oklahoma 1969 0 23 0 0 23
Pat Sullivan, Auburn 1971 21 2 0 0 23
Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh 1976 0 21 1 0 22
Dick Kazmeier, Princeton 1951 13 9 0 0 22
Davey O’Brien, TCU 1938 19 3 0 0 22
O.J. Simpson, USC 1968 0 22 0 0 22
Tom Harmon, Michigan 1940 6 15 0 0 21
Jim Plunkett, Stanford 1970 18 3 0 0 21
Ron Dayne, Wisconsin 1999 0 20 0 0 20
Billy Sims, Oklahoma 1978 0 20 0 0 20
Billy Vessels, Oklahoma 1952 2 17 1 0 20

The progression of the Heisman total touchdown record
1935 — Jay Berwanger, 6
1938 — Davey O’Brien, 22
1942 — Frank Sinkwich, 26
1983 — Mike Rozier, 29
1984 — Doug Flutie, 30
1988 — Barry Sanders, 39
1989 — Andre Ware, 49
2007 — Tim Tebow, 51
2008 — Sam Bradford, 53
2014 — Marcus Mariota, 53

Most touchdowns scored: 39, Barry Sanders, 1988.
Most rushing touchdowns: 37, Barry Sanders, 1988.
Most passing touchdowns: 48, Sam Bradford, 2008.
Most receiving touchdowns: 19, Desmond Howard, 1991.
Most touchdowns scored in one game: 6, Ricky Williams vs. Rice and NMSU, 1998.
Most touchdowns scored in a bowl game: 5, Barry Sanders vs. Wyoming, 1988.
At least 20 TD passes and 20 TD rushes: Tim Tebow, 2007; Cam Newton, 2010; Lamar Jackson, 2016.
At least 30 TD passes and 20 TD rushes: Lamar Jackson, 2016.

All-Purpose Yardage

Player Yr Plays Rush Yds Rec Yds KOR Yds PR Yds Total Yds Yds per Game Yards per Play
Barry Sanders 1988 393 2,628 106 421 95 3,250 295.5 8.26
Marcus Allen 1981 432 2,342 217 0 0 2,559 232.6 5.92
Mike Rozier 1983 295 2,148 108 232 0 2,488 207.3 8.43
Ricky Williams 1998 385 2,124 262 0 0 2,386 216.9 6.19
Rashaan Salaam 1994 294 2,055 294 0 0 2,349 213.5 7.98
Eddie George 1995 347 1,826 389 0 0 2,215 201.4 6.38
Tony Dorsett 1976 345 1,948 73 0 0 2,021 183.7 5.85
Johnny Rodgers 1972 159 268 919 184 607 1,978 179.8 12.44
O.J. Simpson 1968 379 1,709 126 151 0 1,966 196.6 5.18
Charles White 1979 309 1,803 138 0 0 1,941 194.1 6.28
Herschel Walker 1982 342 1,752 89 36 0 1,877 170.6 5.48
Mike Garrett 1965 294 1,440 94 105 235 1,874 187.4 6.37
Mark Ingram 2009 279 1,542 322 0 0 1,864 143.3 6.68
Bo Jackson 1985 282 1,786 73 0 0 1,859 169.0 6.59
Earl Campbell 1977 278 1,744 111 0 0 1,855 168.6 6.67
Tim Brown 1987 130 144 846 456 401 1,847 167.9 14.20
Ron Dayne 1999 304 1,834 9 0 0 1,843 167.5 6.06
George Rogers 1980 304 1,781 23 0 0 1,804 164.0 5.93
Desmond Howard 1991 102 165 960 373 261 1,759 159.9 17.24
Archie Griffin 1974 239 1,620 52 0 0 1,672 152.0 6.99