Jody Victor : Smith Wins 2006 Heisman Trophy

Jody Victor: Smith was a runaway winner Saturday night in New York, as the best player in college football. But for Ohio State and Troy Smith, it's been that kind of year. The Buckeyes were No. 1 from start to finish and their star quarterback had no real challenger in winning the Heisman Trophy.

The senior quarterback moved to the front of the Heisman race in September with a flawless performance against Texas and finished off a perfect regular season by throwing four touchdown passes against Michigan.

Like so many of the victories Smith has led the Buckeyes to this season, the Heisman win was a rout. He received 801 first-place votes, the second most ever, and 1,662 points more than second-place finisher Darren McFadden of Arkansas, making it the second-most lopsided Heisman vote. Only O.J. Simpson's 1,750-point victory in 1968 was more onesided. Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn was third and West Virginia running back Steve Slaton was fourth.

Now, there's only one thing left for Smith to do – beat Florida for the national championship on Jan. 8.

Go Bucks!

Jody Victor