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December 11, 2011 at 7:13 AM

Sunday links and notes — How have Huskies fared against Heisman winners? And a few links

In case you somehow missed it, Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III won the Heisman Trophy Saturday night.

That means the Huskies will face the reigning Heisman winner in a bowl game for just the second time, the first coming in the 1992 Rose Bowl against Michigan and Desmond Howard (who won the 1991 Heisman, with the bowl game played on Jan. 1, 1992).

By my count, this will be the 16th time UW will face a Heisman Trophy winner in the year in which he won the Heisman. As might be expected, that’s not a good omen statistically, though you wouldn’t expect it to be any other ways — Heisman winners don’t usually play on bad teams.

UW is 3-11 in previous games against teams featuring the Heisman winner that season.

Here’s the list:

1941 — RB Bruce Smith, Minnesota. Gophers won 14-6 (and yes, I have to admit I’m not sure I’ve ever really heard of Smith, either, though as this details, there were a lot of other things to worry about that year than who was winning the Heisman).
1949 — End Leon Hart, Notre Dame. Irish won 27-7.
1960 — RB Joe Bellino, Navy. Navy won 15-14 in one of the more memorable defeats in UW history as it cost the Huskies an undefeated season, though Washington later claimed a share of the national title.
1962 — QB Terry Baker, Oregon State. What’s kind of a forgotten UW team beat the Beavers 14-13 en route to a 7-1-2 season, the only loss coming against USC.
1965 — RB Mike Garrett, USC. Garrett and the Trojans won easily, 34-6.
1967 — QB Gary Beban, UCLA. Beban and the Bruins won easily, 48-0.
1968 — RB O.J. Simpson, USC. The Trojans won 14-7 but only after forcing a UW fumble at the USC 7 in the waning moments.
1970 — QB Jim Plunkett, Stanford. UW would have gone to the Rose Bowl in Sonny Sixkiller’s first season as the starter if it could have beaten Stanford. Instead, Plunkett led Stanford to a 29-22 win and ultimately the conference title.
1979 — RB Charles White, USC. White and the Trojans won 24-17 but only after stopping the Huskies at the 2-yard-line late.
1981 — RB Marcus Allen, USC. In what is one of the most famous wins in UW history, the Huskies beat the Trojans 13-3 in a driving rainstorm in Seattle, a key win en route to the Rose Bowl.
1991 — WR Desmond Howard, Michigan. Howard had just one catch for 35 yards as UW won 34-14 to clinch a share of the national title.
1995 — RB Eddie George, Ohio State. George and the Buckeyes won 30-20 in Columbus.
2002 — QB Carson Palmer, USC. Palmer and the Trojans got a pretty easy 41-21 win in Los Angeles.
2004 — QB Matt Leinart, USC. The Trojans hardly needed Leinart in beating the Huskies 38-0 in LA in what was UW’s first shutout loss since 1981.
2005 — RB Reggie Bush, USC. This one isn’t officially recognized anymore, but Bush led the Trojans to a 51-24 win in Seattle.

Now for a few links. …

Dennis Dodd of says Griffin’s win is good for college football.

—’s Stewart Mandel says Griffin’s win helps transform a long-floundering Baylor program.

Ivan Maisel says Griffin made the most of his chance.

— The San Jose Mercury News says Andrew Luck is still a winner in defeat.

T.J. Simers wonders if Jim Mora is a bad fit for UCLA.

— The LA Times says Mora has some catching up to do.

— Here’s Ted Miller’s take on Mora.

— Here’s the story on Mora’s hiring from the LA Daily News.

— The Orange County Register says Mora is ready to wake the “sleeping giant.”

Bud Withers says Mora could be a good choice at UCLA.

— Would Arizona State try to lure Utah’s Kyle Whittingham away? Another take on that story.

— Withers also says Mike Leach has to prove he’s not a risk.

More later today following UW’s practice.



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