Former Oklahoma State running back Barry Sanders has been named the winner of ESPN.com's "The Season," a fan poll to determine the player who had the greatest season in college football history. Sanders was one of 16 selections for the poll, which was set up in a seeded, bracket format with players going head-to-head. Sanders, who won the 1988 Heisman Trophy, received the No. 1 overall seed and defeated former Tulsa receiver Howard Twilley in the first round, Pitt running back Tony Dorsett in the second round, Auburn quarterback Cam Newton in the semifinal and Texas quarterback Vince Young in the final.
More than 50,000 votes were tallied in each of Sanders' matchups, with 1,355,898 total votes cast in the bracket. Sanders defeated his opponents with a 97, 91, 78 and 72 percent majority, respectively.
Sanders' 1988 season included 373 carries for 2,850 yards (7.6 yards per carry) and 42 touchdowns. Over the course of the year he scored 264 points, averaged 237.5 rushing yards per game and tallied four 300-yard rushing games.