Heisman Trophy 2017: Baker Mayfield season highlights

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield wins the 2017 Heisman Trophy beating out Louisville QB Lamar Jackson and Stanford RB Bryce Love.

According to ESPN, Mayfield is the first senior to win the award since Ohio State's Troy Smith in 2006.

This is the third consecutive year Mayfield has been a Heisman finalist.

He sits atop the FBS record books with a career passing efficiency rating of 176.03, which is narrowly ahead of 2008 Heisman Trophy victor Sam Bradford's 175.62; Bradford also played QB at OU.

He threw for 4,340 yards with 41 touchdowns and 5 interceptions in leading Oklahoma to a Big 12 title with a 12-1 record. He finished third nationally in passer rating in 2015, set the single-season FBS passer rating record previous year and is on pace to break his own record this season. Louisville QB Lamar Jackson, last year's Heisman victor, and Stanford RB Bryce Love trailed Mayfield in the balloting.

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Yes, there have been bumps in the journey, including an offseason public intoxication arrest and some recent drama in a game at Kansas.

Mayfield is no stranger to controversy, but you can't deny the impact he made on the field this season. His Sooners will play the No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs in the Rose Bowl on January 1st, 2018.

But upon winning the Heisman Trophy and earning a third straight top-four finish, his place in college football history is secure.

Few votes in Heisman history have been as lopsided as this year's, but it is tough to argue against the notion that Mayfield deserved to be a runaway victor.

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