Baker Mayfield’s Heisman Trophy season just came to a bitter conclusion.
Sony Michel burst through the line for a 27-yard touchdown run to give No. 3 Georgia a thrilling 54-48 victory Monday night against No. 2 Oklahoma, winning the first overtime Rose Bowl and sending the Bulldogs to the College Football Playoff championship game.
In the final game of one of the great college careers, Mayfield threw for 287 yards and two touchdowns, and caught a touchdown pass that gave the Sooners a 17-point lead with six seconds left in the first half.
But Mayfield could not get the Sooners into the end zone in the first overtime when a touchdown would have ended the game.
Mayfield is currently on the Toronto Argonauts negotiation list and was once the property of the Saskatchewan Roughriders.
Mayfield was dealt from the Riders to the Argos on Feb. 10, 2016, as part of a deal that saw Saskatchewan acquire offensive lineman Bruce Campbell, who started 12 games for the green and white this season after coming out of retirement. In addition to Mayfield, the Argonauts received a 2016 fourth-round pick, 27th overall, which they used to select McMaster fullback Declan Cross who caught the game-tying two-point conversion in Toronto’s Grey Cup win in November.
Mayfield had a spectacular 2017, passing for 4,340 yards, 41 touchdowns and five interceptions hitting on 71 per cent of his attempts and 310 yards on the ground and five scores.
Other recent Heisman Trophy winners on current CFL negotiation lists include Louisville QB Lamar Jackson (Lions), QB Johnny Manziel (Ticats) and QB Robert Griffin III (Ticats).
Mayfield stood motionless on the sideline for several seconds, bent over with his hands on his knees and head down. Mayfield battled flu-like symptoms the week leading into the game, but he played just fine.
“I can’t believe it’s over, said Mayfield with a hoarse voice before he started to cry. “It’s been a wild ride,”