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Christian McCaffrey the Heisman runner-up to Derrick Henry

Four times in six years for Stanford.

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Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey came up just short against Alabama running back Derrick Henry, who captured the Heisman this Saturday night. Deshaun Watson of Clemson finished 3rd.

McCaffrey set the NCAA all-purpose yards record for a single season with 3,496 yards in 13 games, breaking Barry Sanders's mark of 3250 yards. McCaffrey might have been hurt by his lack of touchdowns compared to Henry, as David Shaw took the ball out of his hands in the red zone and gave it to goal-line running backs instead. That decision might have helped Stanford win the Pac-12, but it could probably have backfired in garnering Christian the Heisman.

This is the fourth time in six years a Stanford player has finished as the runner-up in Heisman Trophy voting. Toby Gerhart was the runnerup to Mark Ingram of Alabama in the last Stanford vs. Alabama running back face off in 2009. Cam Newton beat out Andrew Luck in 2010, Robert Griffin beat out Andrew Luck in 2011.