Brigham Young was leading Colorado State 33-27 with just six seconds remaining. BYU Quarterback Gary Sheide was going to run out the clock by falling on the ball, but an unearthly yell by CSU Linebacker Kevin McLain rattled his concentration, and suddenly the ball was resting under a CSU man on the BYU 15-yard line with three seconds to go. CSU scored on a down-and-outer to Willie Miller to tie the score at 33 after time had run out. Then came the confusion.
The Ram bench erupted onto the field to bury Miller in a joyous heap. Not proper, says a conference rule: interfering "with orderly game administration." Fifteen-yard penalty. Ordinarily, the penalty would be levied in the placement of the ball for the ensuing kickoff, but since the game was over it was tacked on to the yardage for the extra-point try, making that about a 35-yard effort.
The ball was up, 'ray! But it was too far to the left and the official was signaling no goal. Aaugh! Wait. The official's hands were in the air, the signal for a good kick. Again, 'ray! Up went 34-33 on the scoreboard, where it stayed for 30 minutes, and away went the home crowd laughing.
Then the dreadful truth emerged. Official Jack Moyers, finally making himself heard over the din, said the kick was no good. League rules call for him to take the football in his hands and hold it high above his head to signal the end of the game. Since he couldn't find a ball, he just held up his hands. Good thinking, Moyers, and aaugh! Again.
EAST, MEET EAST
The People's Republic of China is exacting a high price for its sudden emergence as a world power in sports. The Red Chinese will be good playmates only if Taiwan is excluded, and their latest victim is the Taiwanese volleyball team. As the Nationalist China players sat in neighboring Guatemala awaiting visas to Mexico, where the eighth world championships began last weekend, the International Volleyball Federation voted 54-18 to bar them from the competition.
The vote to exclude was as unfair as the action taken during the post-World War II era, when Communist China was told it could enter the Olympics only under the banner of Nationalist China, which it refused to do. After years of competing under the same flag, East and West Germany are recognized as separate entities in international contests, as they are now in the United Nations. The UN banished the Nationalists when it accepted Red China as a member, but that is no reason for sports federations to follow suit. They recognized German and Japanese athletes long before the UN admitted those countries. Athletics should be for everyone, for the two Germanies, for the two Chinas. Sport's ground rules are nonpolitical.
FOREMAN'S GOT RHYTHM
As cautious as George Foreman was in setting a new date for his bout with Muhammad Ali, he may have made it too late. According to a computer printout graph of his biorhythm cycles—there are three: physical, emotional and intellectual—the perfect day for the fight would have been this Sunday and not Oct. 29. Oct. 20 is the day all three of his cycles converge at the top of the "up" curve, something that occurs rarely, according to United Computing Systems, Inc. of St. Louis, which pulled the graph.