College football breakout stars in the SI Vault

Fabulous In Defeat By John Underwood, January 11, 1965 Playing on a gimpy leg, Alabama's Joe Namath was the star of the Orange Bowl, but the surprising Texas Longhorns beat the country's No. 1 team by mixing long gains with muscular defense.

Orange Juice Won A Poll Bowl By Dan Jenkins, October 23, 1967 USC turned loose its fabulous O. J. Simpson and the Irish showed a shocking shortage of things like passers, runners and kickers as a No. 1 team played at South Bend last week. It wasn't Notre Dame.

The Latest Peach From Georgia By Kent Hannon, November 3, 1980 Frosh Running Back Herschel Walker makes Bulldog rivals look like the pits.

A Little Man On Campus By Douglas S. Looney, September 26, 1983 Doug Flutie of Boston College stands 5-foot-9, which is short for a quarterback but plenty tall for a real miracle worker.

He's The Catch Of The Year By Jaime Diaz, November 14, 1983 Mississippi Valley State's Jerry Rice is a record-breaking wide receiver.

Twice Blessed By Austin Murphy, October 5, 1992 Florida State quarterback Charlie Ward has his team in the national title chase, and he's also a pro prospect in basketball.

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