When the dust settled, Mayfield walked away with the Heisman, with Love finishing second and Jackson finishing third.
Although Mayfield's Heisman win was arguably anticlimactic because of the combination of his dominant numbers and the Sooners' Big 12 title and College Football Playoff qualification, he still appeared taken aback by the enormity of the moment.
According to ESPN, Mayfield is the first senior to win the award since Ohio State's Troy Smith in 2006.
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He was the clear standout player among teams that made the CFP, and he finished the campaign with 4,340 passing yards, 41 passing touchdowns and five interceptions, as well as 310 rushing yards and five rushing scores. As Mayfield's play was consistently dominant down the stretch and the other candidates fell off the pack, Mayfield emerged as the leader.
The quarterback was arrested in February and pleaded guilty to three misdemeanors, including public intoxication.
Mayfield became the sixth Oklahoma player to win the Heisman (Love became the sixth Stanford player to finish second), and he does so because of a season in which he threw multiple touchdown passes in every game, averaged at least 10 yards per attempt 10 times and passed for over 300 yards eight times.
Mayfield is having the most efficient passing season in the history of the sport, which is allowing him to have one of the best passing careers ever. The second-ranked Sooners meet No. 3 Georgia in the Rose Bowl on January 1. He finished fourth in the Heisman balloting in 2015 and third previous year.