A significant portion of Ball’s Heisman hype lies in his 38 total touchdowns, one less than the 39 Barry Sanders scored for Oklahoma State in 1988. Sanders did so in 11 games — Ball has played 13, and will play another in the Rose Bowl Jan. 2 — but scored a touchdown every 10.1 touches. Ball, meanwhile, has scored a touchdown every 7.8 touches.
Sanders’ record stands alone as part of arguably the finest season a running back — collegiate or professional — has ever had. Breaking it would place a capstone on Ball’s stellar 2011 season, but his singular accomplishments already speak for themselves.
December 8, 2011
Analysis by Mike Fiammetta in the NYT: