Sport: When in Doubt, Punt

Coach Darrell Royal, 39, of the University of Texas is the kind of man who looks both ways before crossing a oneway street. The forward pass, he insists, is strictly for masochists. "When you throw the ball, four things can happen —and only one of them is good." The best offense, he says, is a good defense: "If the other team can't score on you, you can't lose. You can tie, but you can't lose." Royal's Longhorns content themselves with grinding out bite-sized chunks of yardage, and to make sure that they don't try anything foolish, he calls a fair number...

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