Sport: Booming Sooner

The squat, muscular ball carrier atop the Heisman Trophy conveys the very essence of the purposeful, straight-ahead backfield powerhouse. As a rule, however, the award that designates the country's best college football player goes to a man of flashier stripe—the fancy-Dan quarterback, the breakaway halfback. Not this year. In Tailback Steve Owens of Oklahoma, the Heisman electors tapped a man little given to subtlety afield. "Oh, he can fake people," says one of his coaches, "but more often he just splatters 'em."

Splattering people on the football field has meant shattering records, and...

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