Kyler Murray shocked many by taking home the Heisman Trophy at the PlayStation Theater in New York City on Saturday night.
While Murray held the lead in the Heisman race heading into the presentation ceremony, according to OddsShark, Tagovailoa had been the favorite for most of the season because of the incredible numbers he put up despite sitting out the majority of fourth quarters (3,353 yards passing, 37 touchdowns, four interceptions).
But the Tide quarterback left the SEC Championship Game early with an injury after a poor showing, and Murray had an outstanding day against Texas in the Big 12 Championship Game (379 yards passing, three TDs), putting him ahead in the eyes of bookmakers.
The discussion surrounded Tagovailoa and Murray until the last moment, with the other Heisman contender, Dwayne Haskins, mostly left out of the conversation. After an hourlong ceremony that had college football fans on the edge of their seats, Murray won:
He follows in the footsteps of former Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield, who took the prestigious award in 2017.
Murray beat out the Alabama sophomore with 517 first-place votes to Tagovailoa's 299.
Tagovailoa still made history:
The Oklahoma junior put up phenomenal statistics, with 4,053 passing yards, a whopping 40 passing touchdowns and only seven interceptions. Murray added 11 rushing scores, proving his worth as a dual-threat quarterback.
"He's one of the elite guys to ever do it, to balance both," said Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley, according to USA Today.
In his televised acceptance speech, Murray said: "To the Heisman Trust and voters, I just want to say thank you for your support. This is crazy, this is an honor, something that I'll never forget, something I'll cherish for the rest of my life."