Buffalo was penalized 144 yards at home, while its opponent, Miami, lost only 30 yards on infractions. Pittsburgh, Detroit, San Francisco and Boston, all home teams, were also penalized more than their opponents.
Let's not convict the refs without a trial.
We enjoyed your article about Kansas State University's "Purple Power" by William Johnson (A Team That Is Loved with a Purple Passion, Oct. 30). But we were a bit irritated by his statement that in the '40s K-State "beat that well-known gridiron power Fort Hays State." Since the '40s Fort Hays has come a long way in football and truly is a "well-known gridiron giant" in the Central Intercollegiate Conference, of which it is the defending cochampion. Many NFL and AFL teams have heard of Fort Hays's football prowess.
We students at Fort Hays don't believe that our coach walks on water, but he is affectionately known as "Winning Wayne" McConnell. We also have pride. Fort Hays State is a small college, but we really would be small if we allowed some crackpot who doesn't know much about Fort Hays to spread belittling words about it. Let it be known throughout the land that our spirit and pride surpass even that of the awesome Purple Power of the Kansas State pussycats.
E. J. DEINES