Published: Dec 12, 2010 3:00 AM EST
Updated: Dec 12, 2010 12:00 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) - Auburn quarterback Cam Newton has won the Heisman Trophy after a season in which he played brilliantly but was also the focus of an NCAA investigation.

Newton won in a landslide vote Saturday night, easily outpointing runner-up Andrew Luck to become the third Auburn player to win college football's biggest individual award.

Recently, the NCAA determined Newton's father tried to peddle him to Mississippi State for cash.
      
Not even that ruling stopped Newton. The NCAA cleared him to play before the Southeastern Conference title game because it found no evidence he or Auburn knew about Cecil Newton's pay-for-play scheme. It also suggested the investigation was not done.
      
Cam Newton has denied any wrongdoing.