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Melvin Gordon finishes second in Heisman Trophy voting

It was a special season, but not special enough to get the trophy.

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It wasn't entirely unexpected, but Wisconsin Badgers running back Melvin Gordon ended up as a runner-up to Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota in the 2014 Heisman Trophy voting announced Saturday night in New York. Really, the only surprise was just how much Mariota won by.

Mariota ended up finishing first on over 90 percent of the ballots and cruised to a comfortable victory by 1,293 points over Gordon. Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper also ended up with more first-place votes than Gordon. Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett ended up finishing fifth and Indiana running back Tevin Coleman finished seventh.

2014 Heisman Trophy voting (Max. possible points: 2,787)
Player Total 1st
1. Oregon QB Marcus Mariota 2,534 788
2. Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon 1,250 37
3. Alabama WR Amari Cooper 1,023 49
4. TCU QB Trevone Boykin 218 8
5.Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett 78 0
6. Florida State QB Jameis Winston 51 4
7. Indiana RB Tevin Coleman 44 2
8. Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott 42 2
9. Arizona LB Scooby Wright III 21 0
10. Baylor QB Bryce Petty 13 1

If you're surprised, don't be. It's a quarterback-centric award and Mariota is a great player. Fifty-three total touchdowns against two interceptions was going to be tough to overcome even if 59-0 didn't exist. And the sourness of the voting doesn't deny the specialness of the Gordon season. He was the first back since Nebraska's Mike Rozier in 1982-83 to average 7 yards per carry in consecutive seasons with over 200 carries. Barring some kind of residual problems from the Big Ten title game, Gordon will have at least the third-most rushing yards of all time in a single season. He will also end the year with at least 30 touchdowns.

The media might not give Gordon's season the respect it deserved, but that doesn't take away from just how special he's been. And if you're one of those silver lining people, the Heisman Trophy has been a consistent millstone around the necks of the winners.