Terry Baker, Oregon State's quarterback, established an amazing record in total offense, running and passing for 4,980 yards, including 15 touchdown passes. In including 15 touchdown passes. He led his team in net yards gained rushing, averaging 4.5 yards per carry. He kicked 33 of his team's winner to come from the West Coast.
He is most notable for winning the 1962 Heisman Trophy and playing the Final Four in the NCAA Basketball Tournament in the same school year. To date, he is the only person to have both won a Heisman Trophy and played in the Final Four.
On November 27, 1962, it was announced that Baker was the winner of the Heisman Trophy for his achievements during the 1962 season. He was the first person to win the Heisman Trophy west of Texas and the only player ever to win from the Pacific Northwest. In addition to winning the Heisman in 1962, he also won the Maxwell Award and the W.J. Voit Memorial Trophy, was a consensus first team All-American, was named the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year, was a Helms Foundation Award recipient, and was the winner of 14 player of the year awards, including the AP, UPI, and The Sporting News. He was also part of the All-Star team in the 1963 College All-Star Game, the last time the All-Star team would ever defeat the reigning NFL champions.
Terry Baker, the left-hander from Oregon State, won the Heisman votes on both coasts, capturing the West and the East. LSU's Jerry Stovall took the South and Minnesota mammoth tackle Bob Bell won the Midwest. The surprise was in the Southwest, where Billy Moore of Arkansas won the region but received little support elsewhere and did not finish in the top 10.