Washington has played against a Heisman Trophy winner 13 times and has two wins win to show for it, in 1962 and 1981. UW faces 2011 recipient Robert Griffin III in the Alamo Bowl.
Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III won the 2011 Heisman Trophy (first winner from his school) by more than 200 points over Stanford’s Andrew Luck. The Huskies will face off against Griffin, who threw 36 touchdown passes and led the NCAA in passing efficiency, in the Alamo Bowl. The Huskies have beaten a team featuring a Heisman Trophy winner (or a player en route that season to winning the Heisman) twice.
UW vs. Heisman Trophy Winners
|1941||9/27||UW||Bruce Smith||RB||Minnesota||Minn 14-6|
Smith played offense and defense, rushed for 109 yards, completed two passes and scored both Minnesotas touchdowns.
|1949||10/1||UW||Leon Hart||E||Notre Dame||ND 27-7|
Hart caught two touchdown passes in Notre Dames first visit to Husky Stadium. In Harts four years, Notre Dame was never defeated and tied just twice.
|1960||10/1||UW||Joe Bellino||RB||Navy||Navy 15-14|
Ran for 63 yards and a TD as Navy handed UW its only loss in a 10-1 season. UW coach Jim Owens: He makes you look like you dont practice tackling.
|1962||10/13||Port.||Terry Baker||QB||OSU||UW 14-13|
Threw for 144 yards and two TDs and ran 14 times, netting 108 yards. A year earlier, Baker had 302 yards of total offense and scored twice in a 30-29 defeat.
|1965||10/9||UW||Mike Garrett||RB||USC||USC 34-0|
Carried 31 times for 175 yards (long gain of 58) in USCs easy victory. Hes one of the finest runners Ive ever seen, said UW coach Jim Owens.
|1967||11/11||UW||Gary Beban||QB||UCLA||UCLA 48-0|
Completed 14 of 24 passes for 289 yards and three TDs; also ran 24 yards for a TD in UCLAs 48-0 win, the biggest loss of the Owens era.
|1968||10/19||L.A.||O.J. Simpson||RB||USC||USC 14-7|
Simpson rushed for 172 yards but didnt score. A year earlier, as a junior, he totaled 235 yards and two TDs, one on an 86-yard run at Husky Stadium
|1970||11/7||Stanford||Jim Plunkett||QB||Stanford||Stan 29-22|
In a showdown against Sonny Sixkiller, Plunkett threw for for 268 yards and four TDs in a 29-22 win at Palo Alto. Sixkiller ran for a TD and passed for one.
|1979||11/10||UW||Charles White||RB||USC||USC 24-17|
White ran for 243 yards but didnt score. Another future Heisman winner, Marcus Allen, scored the winning TD on a 10-yard run in the fourth quarter.
|1981||11/14||UW||Marcus Allen||RB||USC||UW 13-3|
Allen rushed for 216 yards and a TD in 1980, added 155 yards in his Heisman year, becoming the first player to reach 2,000 rushing yards in a season.
|1995||9/16||OSU||Eddie George||RB||Ohio St.||OSU 30-20|
Ran for 212 yards and two TDs as the No. 10 Buckeyes rolled to an easy win in Columbus. George had 149 yards and a TD as OSU built a 23-7 halftime lead.
|2002||10/19||L.A.||Carson Palmer||QB||USC||USC 41-21|
Palmer completed 21 of 34 passes for 348 yards and four TDs, three to Mike Williams, as the 19th-ranked Trojans rolled over the Huskies.
|2004||10/23||L.A.||Matt Leinart||QB||USC||USC 38-0|
Leinart, a junior, threw for 217 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a 15-yard strike to future Heisman winner Reggie Bush, for the No. 1-ranked Trojans.
|2005||10/22||UW||Reggie Bush||RB||USC||USC 51-24|
Bush rushed eight times for 51 yards and a TD and caught two passes for 18 yards, and showed his Heisman stuff by returning a punt 84 yards for a TD.