It was pretty much accepted that Jordan Lynch wouldn't be returning from New York as the winner of the Heisman Trophy, meaning Saturday night's suspense would have to come from which place the Northern Illinois quarterback would finish.
Lynch finished third in voting for this year's Heisman, finishing behind winner Jameis Winston, the Florida State quarterback, and Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron.
Lynch received 40 first-place votes and finished with 558 total points. His third-place finish was the highest ever for a player from the MAC, besting Randy Moss' fourth-place finish in 1997, and the matched the best-ever finish for a player from a non-BCS conference, tying Colt Brennan, who finished third in 2007.
The Northern Illinois quarterback, who finished as the country's second-leading rusher this year, bested last year's Heisman winner, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, as well as a pair of running backs: Boston College's Andre Williams and Auburn's Tre Mason.