Sanders played for the Oklahoma State Cowboys from 1986 to 1988. In 1988, in what has been called the greatest season in college football history, Sanders led the nation by averaging 7.6 yards per carry and over 200 yards per game, including rushing for over 300 yards in four games. He set college football season records with 2,628 yards rushing, 3,248 total yards, 234 points, 39 touchdowns, of which 37 were rushing (also a record), 5 consecutive 200 yard games, scored at least 2 touchdowns in 11 consecutive games, and 9 times he scored at least 3 touchdowns. Sanders also ran for 222 yards and scored 5 touchdowns in his three quarters of action in the Holiday Bowl - a game that was not included with his season statistics. Sanders won the Heisman Trophy season's most outstanding player.
Today in History: Archie Griffin becomes the first player to win the Heisman Trophy two years in a row.
On December 2, 1975, Ohio State University running back Archie Griffin becomes the first player in history to win the Heisman Trophy two years in a row. Following in the footsteps of his three older brothers, all football stars, the young Griffin trained hard to get in shape and lose the nickname "Tank" given to him by his childhood football coaches. He had an impressive high school career, rushing for 1,737 yards and scoring 29 touchdowns during his senior year at Columbus Eastmoor High School in Columbus, Ohio. At OSU, Coach Woody Hayes hesitated before putting Griffin in the starting lineup, but relented after he put in a tremendous 239-yard performance off the bench in a come-from-behind victory over North Carolina during his freshman season.
From that point on, Griffin started every game for the Buckeyes. During each of his four years at OSU, the team won or shared the Big Ten title and went to the Rose Bowl. In 1974, Griffin became only the fifth player to win the Heisman, the coveted trophy given each year to the most outstanding player in college football, as a junior. He won in a landslide that year, receiving more than four times the number of first place votes as the runner-up, Anthony Davis of Southern California, and winning all five regions (East, South, Midwest, Southwest and Far West).
During his senior season, far from slumping, Griffin extended his stretch of 100-plus-yard games to 31 (during which the Buckeyes went 29-1-1) and amassed an NCAA record-breaking 5,177 career rushing yards. He triumphed in Heisman voting by a slightly smaller margin, taking four out of the five regions (Chuck Muncie of California took the Far West). His uniform number (45) was the first one ever retired by Ohio State.
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Congratulation to the Texas Rangers getting to their first World Series. I always enjoy a team that has never been there before and I will probably cheer them on throughout the series. Wow, Josh Hamilton was the man in this series with the New York Yankees. I never seen the Yankees so scared of a player that they had to walk him multiple times. Vlad made them pay for avoiding Josh Hamilton.
Now the big question since the Rangers are going to the World Series. Where is ZZ Top? I remember when I was younger that they said if the Texas Rangers ever win the World Series, that they would shave off their beards. The hunt is on for the legendary band. I hope they stick to their words. I don't think anyone could imagine ZZ Top without beards driving a classic car. It would be nice if they come out of retirement. I can hear the chants now "ZZ!! ZZ!! ZZ!!" Will they donate the hair for Locks of Love. LOL Give us a holler ZZ if you plan to fullfill your promise.
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