Although it was expected, it’s still exciting news.
For Ohio State and Troy Smith, it’s been that kind of year. The Buckeyes were No. 1 from start to finish and their star quarterback had no real challenger in winning the Heisman Trophy.
Smith was a runaway winner Saturday night as the best player in college football, just two years after nearly derailing his career by taking money from a booster.
The senior quarterback moved to the front of the Heisman race in September with a flawless performance against Texas and finished off a perfect regular season by throwing four touchdown passes against Michigan.
Now, there’s only one thing left for Smith to do: Beat Florida for the national championship on Jan. 8.
“Normally, I’m pretty cool in pressure situations, but my heart is pounding really fast now,” Smith said.
“I’m at a loss for words. I just can’t believe this is happening. … It means everything. Just to be here in this situation. I love everybody back home in Columbus.”
Like so many of the victories Smith has led the Buckeyes to this season, the Heisman win was a rout.
Tom Blogical has a video montage of Troy doing what he does best.