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

WinnerYearYards per Play
Kyler Murray201810.68
Baker Mayfield201710.24
Jameis Winston20139.42
Joe Burrow20199.40
Sam Bradford20089.39
Marcus Mariota20149.10
Chris Weinke20008.83
Robert Griffin III20118.74
Danny Wuerffel19958.33
Cam Newton20108.19
Lamar Jackson20168.00
Ty Detmer19907.90
Johnny Manziel20127.87

Most yards per play in one game: 15.47, Kyler Murray vs. Florida Atlantic, 2018

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

Player, SchoolYearGamesYards
Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State1988112,628
Marcus Allen, USC1981112,342
Mike Rozier, Nebraska1983122,148
Ricky Williams, Texas1998112,124
Rashaan Salaam, Colorado1994112,055
Derrick Henry, Alabama2015131,986
Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh1976111,948
Ron Dayne, Wisconsin1999111,834
Eddie George, Ohio State1995121,826
Charles White, USC1979101,803
Bo Jackson, Auburn1985111,786
George Rogers, South Carolina1980111,781
Billy Sims, Oklahoma1978111,762
Herschel Walker, Georgia1982111,752
Earl Campbell, Texas1977111,744
O.J. Simpson, USC1968101,709
Archie Griffin, Ohio State1974111,620
Mark Ingram, Alabama2009131,542
Lamar Jackson, Louisville2016121,538
Steve Owens, Oklahoma1969101,523
John Cappelletti, Penn State1973101,522
Mike Garrett, USC1965101,440
Cam Newton, Auburn2010131,409
Archie Griffin, Ohio State1975111,357
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M2012121,181
Eric Crouch, Nebraska2001121,115
Billy Vessels, Oklahoma1952101,072
Howard Cassady, Ohio State195510958
Kyler Murray, Oklahoma201813892
Les Horvath, Ohio State19449891
Dick Kazmaier, Princeton19519869
Tim Tebow, Florida200712857
Tom Harmon, Michigan19408852
Joe Bellino, Navy196010834
Ernie Davis, Syracuse196110823
Frank Sinkwich, Georgia194211762
Doc Blanchard, Army19459718
Glenn Davis, Army194610712
Marcus Mariota, Oregon201413669
Robert Griffin III, Baylor201112644
Alan Ameche, Wisconsin19549641
Billy Cannon, LSU195910598
Jay Berwanger, Chicago19358577
John David Crow, Texas A&M19578562
Terry Baker, Oregon State196210538
Doak Walker, SMU194810532

Rushing Yards Per Game

Player, SchoolYearYards
Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State1988238.9
Marcus Allen, USC1981212.9
Ricky Williams, Texas1998193.1
Rashaan Salaam, Colorado1994186.8
Charles White, USC1979180.3
Mike Rozier, Nebraska1983179.0
Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh1976177.0
O.J. Simpson, USC1967170.9
Ron Dayne, Wisconsin1999166.7
Bo Jackson, Auburn1985162.4
George Rogers, South Carolina1980161.9
Billy Sims, Oklahoma1978160.2
Herschel Walker, Georgia1982159.3
Earl Campbell, Texas1977158.5
Derrick Henry, Alabama2015152.8
Steve Owens, Oklahoma1969152.3
John Cappalletti, Penn State1973152.2
Eddie George, Ohio State1995152.2
Archie Griffin, Ohio State1974147.3
Mike Garrett, USC1965144.0
Lamar Jackson, Louisville2016128.1
Archie Griffin, Ohio State1975123.4
Mark Ingram, Alabama2009118.6
Cam Newton, Auburn2010108.4
Billy Vessels, Oklahoma1952107.2
Tom Harmon, Michigan1940106.5
Les Horvath, Ohio State194499.0
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M201298.4

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

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Player, SchoolYearGamesYards
Ty Detmer, BYU1990125,188
Joe Burrow, LSU2019134,715
Andre Ware, Houston1989114,699
Sam Bradford, Oklahoma2008134,464
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma2017134,340
Chris Weinke, FSU2000124,167
Kyler Murray, Oklahoma2018134,054
Robert Griffin III, Baylor2011123,998
Jameis Winston, FSU2013133,820
Marcus Mariota, Oregon2014133,783
Jason White, Oklahoma2003133,744
Carson Palmer, USC2002123,639
Danny Wuerffel, Florida1996123,625
Doug Flutie, Boston College1984113,454
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M2012123,419
Lamar Jackson, Louisville2016123,390
Tim Tebow, Florida2007123,132
Gino Torretta, Miami1992113,060
Charlie Ward, FSU1993113,032
Matt Leinart, USC2004122,990
Jim Plunkett, Stanford1970112,715
Cam Newton, Auburn2010132,589
Vinny Testaverde, Miami1986112,557
Troy Smith, Ohio State2006122,507

Most passing yards gained per game: 432.3, Ty Detmer, 1990.
Most yards per pass attempt: 11.92, Kyler Murray, 2018.
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; Joe Burrow, 2019
Most touchdown passes per game: 4.2, Andre Ware, 1989.
Highest pass efficiency rating: 205.72, Kyler Murray, 2018.
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: 493, Joe Burrow vs. Oklahoma, 2019 Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl.
Most touchdown passes in a regular season game: 7, Andre Ware vs. Temple, 1989
Most touchdown passes in a bowl game: 7, Joe Burrow vs. Oklahoma, 2019 Chik-Fil-A Peach Bowl.

Passing Efficiency

QuarterbackYearRating
Kyler Murray2018205.72
Baker Mayfield2017203.76
Joe Burrow2019201.47
Robert Griffin III2011192.31
Jameis Winston2013190.05
Cam Newton2010188.16
Marcus Mariota2014186.79
Sam Bradford2008186.28
Tim Tebow2007177.85
Jason White2003167.99
Troy Smith2006167.87
Danny Wuerffel1996167.86
Vinny Testaverde1986165.79
Davey O’Brien1938165.33
Chris Weinke2000163.09
Charlie Ward1993157.84
Ty Detmer1990155.89
Johnny Manziel2012155.85
John Huarte1964155.13
Matt Leinart2004154.53
Doug Flutie1984153.43
Lamar Jackson2016153.34
Andre Ware1989152.51
Roger Staubach1963150.30
Carson Palmer2002148.31
Gary Beban1967135.61
Gino Torretta1992133.48
Pat Sullivan1972133.45
Steve Spurrier1966125.31
Jim Plunkett1970124.51
Eric Crouch2001124.31
Paul Hornung1956108.04

Season Receptions

NameYearReceptions
Desmond Howard199161
Johnny Rodgers197254
Eddie George199544
Tim Brown198739
Mark Ingram200930
Marcus Allen198129
Ricky Williams199824
Rashaan Salaam199424
Glenn Davis194620
Leon Hart194919
Barry Sanders198819
OJ Simpson196818
Larry Kelley193617
Joe Bellino196017
Ernie Davis196116
Pete Dawkins195816
Charles White197916

Season Receiving Yardage

NameYearYards
Desmond Howard1991950
Johnny Rodgers1972919
Tim Brown1987846
Pete Dawkins1958494
Eddie George1995389
Larry Kelley1936372
Glenn Davis1946348
Mark Ingram2009322
Rashaan Salaam1994294
Joe Bellino1960280
Doak Walker1948278
Ricky Williams1998262
Leon Hart1949257
Charles Woodson1997231
Marcus Allen1981217
John Lattner1953204

Season Touchdown Receptions

NameYearTDs
Desmond Howard199119
Johnny Rodgers19728
Pete Dawkins19586
Glenn Davis19466
Leon Hart19495
Larry Kelley19364
Tim Brown19873
Joe Bellino19603
Mark Ingram20093
Felix “Doc” Blanchard19453
Charles Woodson19972
Ernie Davis19612

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

PlayerYearPassingRushingReceivingReturnsTotal
Sam Bradford, Oklahoma20084850053
Marcus Mariota, Oregon201438141053
Lamar Jackson, Louisville201630210051
Joe Burrow, LSU20194830051
Kyler Murray, Oklahoma201840110051
Tim Tebow, Florida200729220051
Cam Newton, Auburn201028201049
Andre Ware, Houston19894630049
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma20174150046
Ty Detmer, BYU19904140045
Robert Griffin III, Baylor20113690045
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M201224190043
Jameis Winston, FSU20133840042
Jason White, Oklahoma20034010041
Danny Wuerffel, Florida19963920041
Barry Sanders, Okla. State.19880370239
Carson Palmer, USC20023240036
Chris Weinke, FSU20003310034
Matt Leinart, USC20042830031
Troy Smith, Ohio State20063010031
Charlie Ward, FSU19932740031
Doug Flutie, Boston College19842730030
Vinny Testaverde, Miami19862640030
Mike Rozier, Nebraska19830290029
Ricky Williams, Texas19980271028
Frank Sinkwich, Georgia194210160026
Eric Crouch, Nebraska20017181026
Eddie George, Ohio State19950241025
Terry Baker, Oregon State19621590024
Rashaan Salaam, Colorado19940240024
Marcus Allen, USC19810221023
Derrick Henry20150230023
Desmond Howard, Michigan19910219223
Steve Owens, Oklahoma19690230023
Pat Sullivan, Auburn19712120023
Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh19760211022
Dick Kazmeier, Princeton19511390022
Davey O’Brien, TCU19381930022
O.J. Simpson, USC19680220022
Tom Harmon, Michigan19406150021
Jim Plunkett, Stanford19701830021
Ron Dayne, Wisconsin19990200020
Billy Sims, Oklahoma19780200020
Billy Vessels, Oklahoma19522171020

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; Joe Burrow, 2019
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

PlayerYrPlaysRush YdsRec YdsKOR YdsPR YdsTotal YdsYds per GameYards per Play
Barry Sanders19883932,628106421953,250295.58.26
Marcus Allen19814322,342217002,559232.65.92
Mike Rozier19832952,14810823202,488207.38.43
Ricky Williams19983852,124262002,386216.96.19
Rashaan Salaam19942942,055294002,349213.57.98
Eddie George19953471,826389002,215201.46.38
Tony Dorsett19763451,94873002,021183.75.85
Johnny Rodgers19721592689191846071,978179.812.44
O.J. Simpson19683791,70912615101,966196.65.18
Charles White19793091,803138001,941194.16.28
Herschel Walker19823421,752893601,877170.65.48
Mike Garrett19652941,440941052351,874187.46.37
Mark Ingram20092791,542322001,864143.36.68
Bo Jackson19852821,78673001,859169.06.59
Earl Campbell19772781,744111001,855168.66.67
Tim Brown19871301448464564011,847167.914.20
Ron Dayne19993041,8349001,843167.56.06
George Rogers19803041,78123001,804164.05.93
Desmond Howard19911021659603732611,759159.917.24
Archie Griffin19742391,62052001,672152.06.99