What Happened Last Night: Heismanziel, Plus Marquez KOs Pacquiao
December 9 / Joe Levine / SportsGrid
Welcome to another edition of “What Happened Last Night?” in which we look at stories of note from the previous evening in the sports world, just in case you missed it for whatever reason, although considering last night was Saturday night, I can imagine what you were up to. Anyway, let’s get you up to date:
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel becomes first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy
Manziel drew 474 first place votes to edge out Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o 2029 to 1706 to win the Heisman Trophy. For more on Manziel's big win, read our own Glen Davis' rundown here.
In the meantime, I'll just say that the fact that a linebacker almost won the Heisman is exactly why I'm not much a college football fan. Unless Te'o is Bobby Boucher, which he's not, it's kind of a joke that a defensive player can be in the running for player of the year, especially one with Te'o's numbers. Seven interceptions is impressive, but 103 tackles? 1.5 sacks? For any defensive player to counter the offensive numbers of someone like Manziel (3419 yards passing and 24 touchdowns, 1181 yards rushing and 19 touchdowns), they have to be a little more dominant than that. If a college quarterback can have those kind of numbers, I probably need a college defender to give me 100 tackles, 10 sacks, and 10 interceptions to be considered for the Heisman. But that's just me.
Marquez KOs Pacquiao in sixth round, finally defeats rival on fourth try
In the first KO between the two fighters after three fights that went to the judges, Juan Manuel Marquez knocked out Manny Pacquiao with 2:59 left the sixth round with a huge right hand that sent Pacquiao to the ground for the second time in the fight. There was no 10 count, and the fight was awarded to Marquez on the spot.
It was a good thing Marquez knocked out Pacquiao because Pacquiao was actually ahead on all three scorecards 47-46 after the fifth round, possibly headed to another win from the judges before he hit the deck.
Pacquiao remarked after the fight that he'd like to face Marquez for a fifth time, probably both for a shot at redemption and the opportunity to earn another $20+ million like he did Saturday night.