THE SKINNY: Love emerged as a star right from the start this season, rushing for 564 yards in back-to-back wins over UCLA and Arizona State at the end of September. The Heisman Trophy victor will be named Saturday night, with Mayfield, Love and Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson the three finalists.
Mayfield beat out another Big 12 quarterback in Oklahoma State's Mason Rudolph, and Ohio State's J.T. Barrett for the Davey O'Brien Award.
Mayfield received 51 first-place votes from the 56 AP college football poll voters who submitted player of the year ballots, and a total of 157 points.
Love and Louisville's Lamar Jackson each earned two first-place votes for the AP award.
Mayfield wasn't the only two-time award victor Thursday night.
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No. 2-ranked OU, which behind Mayfield leads the nation in yards per game (583.3) and yards per play (8.4; next highest is 7.6), will make its 51st bowl appearance when it takes on No. 3 Georgia in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual on January 1 at 4:10 p.m. CT. Others to do it were quarterbacks Josh Heupel in 2000, Jason White in 2003 and Sam Bradford in 2008. "To receive this award is an honor and it's something just a few years ago I never thought would happen", Mayfield said. With the Sooners, he has become a three-year starter and one of the most productive passers in college football history.
The senior quarterback took home some major hardware during college football's annual award night as he was named the Davey O'Brien Award victor, Maxwell Offensive Player of the Year and Walter Camp Player of the Year.
He has 129 career touchdown passes and 14,320 yards.
Some of the nation's top college football players were honored Thursday night, as the Home Depot College Football Awards ceremony was held at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.