A historic Heisman Trophy vote made Mark Ingram the winner of the most famous bronze statue in sports by the narrowest margin in its 75-year history. It also highlighted some of the problems and quirks in choosing college football's top player.

The story of Ingram becoming Alabama's first Heisman winner, along with the fact that the tailback's father of the same name - a former NFL player - is serving jail time, obscured a fascinating vote that produced several notable results.

Stanford tailback Toby Gerhart finished only 28 points behind Ingram; the previous tightest vote came in 1985 when Auburn's Bo Jackson won with a 45-point margin over Iowa quarterback Chuck Long.

Texas quarterback Colt McCoy was third with 1,145 points, 159 behind Ingram. Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh finished fourth, with more points (815) than any fourth-place finisher before.

The ballots went out in mid-November to 870 media members and 55 Heisman winners. Voters can submit ballots with 2 weeks left in the season, a tradition that goes back years and one that should probably be changed since so many teams now play into December.

McCoy was the leader on the early ballots, with a comfortable margin over Ingram. Gerhart and Florida quarterback Tim Tebow were neck-and-neck and Suh had not received a vote

So, it's safe to say that Suh would not have been a finalist had he not played one of the best games any player at any position played this season against Texas in the Big 12 championship, and McCoy's spotty performance against the Cornhuskers probably cost him the Heisman.