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Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota wins Heisman Trophy

Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota kisses the Heisman Trophy during a press conference at the New York Marriott Marquis after winning the Heisman Trophy on Dec. 13, 2014.

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NEW YORK -- Oregon's Marcus Mariota was awarded the Heisman Trophy Saturday as college football's top player.

The Ducks quarterback set a Pac-12 record this season with 53 total touchdowns, including a school-record 38 via pass, 14 keepers and one TD reception. He leads the nation with 10 games of four or more touchdowns this season.

Mariota's 38 touchdown passes are also an Oregon record. He's helped Oregon to a 12-1 record and a shot at defending national champ Florida State in the Rose Bowl as part of the College Football Playoff.

Mariota had already captured the Walter Camp National Player of the Year Award, the Maxwell Award as college player of the year, the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.

The other Heisman Trophy finalists were Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon and Alabama receiver Amari Cooper.

Gordon claimed the Doak Walter Award as the nation's top running back after setting a Big Ten single-season record with 2,336 rushing yards and scoring 29 touchdowns.

Cooper had 1,656 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns while setting a Southeastern Conference record with 115 receptions. That helped him claim the Fred Biletnikoff Award as the nation's outstanding receiver.

Mariota led Oregon to a spot in the first College Football Playoff. It will be a matchup of Heisman-winning quarterbacks in the Rose Bowl semifinal Jan. 1 with Mariota and the second-seeded Ducks facing Florida State and Jameis Winston.