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First SI cover for USC Trojans' running back MARCUS ALLENas he rumbles through the Oklahoma defense. Later in the year, Allen would become the first collegiate running back to rush for 2000 yards in a season and also win the Heisman Trophy. Great story inside on the Sooners-Trojans matchup, won by Southern Cal, 28-24, as Oklahoma turned the ball over 5 times on fumbles. Allen rushed for 208 yards and 2 TDs in the game. Other articles include the Fifth Avenue Mile in New York City, run from 82nd Street to 62nd, won by Kenya's Sydney Maree; tale of two cities in the National League pennant race, St. Louis and Montreal; story on Oakland Raiders' cornerback Lester Hayes, master of the bump-and-run; photo story on the Bonneville Salt Flats and the land speed record; California Angels manager Gene Mauch; feature article on the Tasmanian Devil by Bill Gilbert.

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