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Steve Owens

Steve Owens was a 6-2, 215-pound powerhouse from Miami, Okla., who ravaged defenses from 1967-69, setting four conference records of the day.

OU's workhorse carried the ball 358 times in 1969 for 1,523 yards while scoring 23 touchdowns (another school record). Playing on a 1969 squad that had been hurt badly by graduation in 1968, Owens carried the load for the Sooner offense.

Owens had two 200-plus yard games while leading the Sooners to a 6-4 season. Spurred by Owens' effort, Oklahoma averaged 28.5 points a game in 1969.

The great career of Steve Owens left a mark on the OU record book. Owens holds five Sooner records. He is the school's all-time leading scorer with 57 touchdowns during his career.

Owens holds the record for the most carries in a game (55) and career (958). He finished his career with 4,041 yards on the ground, the third most in school history.

Detroit drafted Owens in the first round. He was the first Lion to gain over 1,000 yards in a season and was an All-Pro selection in 1971 and 1972.

In 1991, Owens was named to the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and was the Walter Camp Foundation Alumnus of the Year. Owens was inducted into the Orange Bowl Hall of Honor in 1992.

CAREER STATISTICS

Year Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds TD
1967 207 869 4.2 13 3 13 0
1968 393 1,649 4.3 21 12 123 0
1969 358 1,523 4.3 23 4 32 0
Totals 958 4,041 4.3 57 19 168 0

 

1969 HEISMAN TROPHY VOTING TOTALS

1. Steve Owens, Sr., RB, Oklahoma 1,488 Points (294 1st, 218 2nd, 170 3rd place votes)
2. Mike Phipps, Sr., QB, Purdue 1,334
3. Rex Kearn, Jr., QB, Ohio State 857
4. Archie Manning, Jr., QB, Ole Miss 582
5. Mike Reid, Sr., DT, Penn State 297
6. Mike McCoy, Sr., DT, Notre Dame 290
7. Jim Otis, Sr., FB, Ohio State 121
8. Jim Plunkett, Jr., QB, Stanford 120
9. Steve Kiner, Sr., LB, Tennessee 109
10. Jack Tatum, Jr., DB, Ohio State 105
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