Thursday, December 5, 2013

College football history 101: Archie makes history

Dec. 2, 1975: Ohio State senior running back Archie Griffin becomes the first two-time winner of the Heisman Trophy. When he won the award in 1974, at the time Griffin became just the fifth junior to win the Heisman. During his senior season, Griffin extended his stretch of 100-plus-yard games to 31, and finished his carrer with a then-NCAA record 5,177 rushing yards. His Heisman victory as a senior wasn't as dominant as the previous season, but Griffin earned more than enough votes to beat out California's Chuck Muncie. Griffin garnered 454 first-place Heisman votes. Griffin won the east, south, midwest and southwest regions, but finished second to Muncie in the west region. The late Woody Hayes was once asked who was the greatest player he ever coached. "Oh, it had to be Arch," said Hayes.

- Mark Podolski | @mpodo


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