Peterson, White finish 2-3 in Heisman race

Jason White (right) congratulates USC quarterback Matt Leinart (left) moments after the announcement of Leinart as the 2004 Heisman Trophy winner. In the end, White and Peterson proved to be their own worst enemies. The duo combined for 325 first-place votes, while USC quarterback Matt Leinart finished with 267. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) <br> <br>

Southern California quarterback Matt Leinart may have won the 2004 Heisman Trophy, but that didn't stop Oklahoma running back Adrian Peterson from making some history of his own.

Peterson's second-place finish in the Heisman race is the highest-ever for a freshman in the history of the coveted award. Georgia's Herschel Walker and Virginia Tech Michael Vick set the previous mark for freshmen when they finished third in 1980 and 1999 respectively.

Oklahoma quarterback Jason White finished third, Utah quarterback Alex Smith was fourth and USC running back Reggie Bush was fifth in the final standings.

In the end, White and Peterson proved to be their own worst enemies in the race for the Heisman. The duo combined for 325 first-place votes, to Leinart's 267.

Peterson finished with 997 total points, 328 points behind Leinart, and 154 first-place votes. White actually had 17 more first-place votes (171) than Peterson, but finished with only 957 total points.

Smith finished with 98 first-place votes and 635 points overall, while Bush tallied 118 first-place votes and just 597 points.

Leinart, who finished with 1,325 points, won all but one of the six regions in the balloting, which was the Southwest won by White. Leinart finished third in that region behind Peterson.

Peterson also finished second to Leinart in second-place votes and first in third-place votes.

Combined, Peterson and White finished with 1,954 points to Leinart and Bush's 1,922.

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