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Nebraska Got the Drop 22
No. 1 Oklahoma fumbled nine times, allowing the Cornhuskers to pick up a 17-14 victory and a shot at the top spot
by Douglas S. Looney

These Rams Don't Get No Respect 28
They beat Pittsburgh, and no NFL team has a better record than their 9-2, but the Los Angeles Rams can't win for winning
by Dan Jenkins

A Revival Is an Off Broadway Smash 30
The New York Rangers, hockey's longtime symbol of futility, have discovered how to win under new Coach Fred Shero
by Jerry Kirshenbaum

Going With the Wind 38
Some critics say his boats will only go downwind, but Bill Lee figures that ultralight is right in any direction
by Richard W. Johnston

Iron Man in the Mask 46
Ron Boone of the Lakers started the season with a broken nose, but he's still pursuing the consecutive-games record
by John Papanek

Not Just a Run of Luck 88
There has to be a reason to explain USC's run of illustrious tailbacks, whose current exemplar is Charles White
by John Underwood

The Departments

Scorecard 17
College Football 55
Golf 65
Conservation 69
Pro Football 75
Running 79
Dogs 85
For the Record 109
19th Hole 110

Credits on page 109

Cover photograph by Walter Iooss Jr.

Next Week

College Basketball tips off with a look—in pictures and words—at this year's unusually classy sophomore class, which is led by a 6'8" play-making guard extraordinaire. There are also scouting reports on the 20 best teams, and the inside story of how No. 1 zoomed to the top spot. Competition in all regions of the country and in the small colleges—way to go, North Park College and Theological Seminary!—and women's teams is analyzed, plus all our regular features.