In rebuttal to the University of Houston's claim that its game on Oct. 11-12 against Texas A&M was "the only two-day game of the century" (FOOTBALL'S WEEK, Oct. 20), I can name three San Diego State games that extended beyond midnight.
On Oct. 25-26, 1969 San Diego State beat the University of California, Santa Barbara 55-13 in San Diego Stadium. It was the annual Shrine Benefit Game. The pregame pageantry dragged out and the game didn't start until about 8:40. The halftime was 45 minutes long, and the second half didn't end until 12:08 a.m. In all, 72 passes were thrown.
On Nov. 9-10, 1968 San Diego State trounced Southern Mississippi 68-7. The score was 13-7 at the half when a thick fog rolled in, delaying the start of the second half. When play was resumed, the Aztecs scored 55 more points. A total of 91 passes was thrown, and the game ended at 12:03 a.m.
But here's my favorite. On Dec. 4-5, 1971 San Diego State defeated North Texas State 44-28. The game began at 7:30 p.m. and ended at 12:01:40 a.m. The clock was stopped 199 times—61 incomplete passes, 53 first downs, 11 scores, 13 movings of the first-down markers after kickoff returns, 17 movings of the first-down markers after turnovers, 17 plays on which the ballcarrier went out of bounds that aren't included in the above, 12 timeouts, two clock malfunctions and 13 penalties. Between them, the two teams set NCAA records for most passes attempted (124—San Diego State 63, North Texas 61) and most offensive plays (196—San Diego State 99, North Texas 97). Brian Sipe, who completed 30 of 53 passes for 337 yards for San Diego State, and Phil Shotland, with 28 of 59 for 370 yards for North Texas, were the quarterbacks.
Concerning Coach Joe Restic and Harvard's multiflex offense (Multiflexing Its Muscles, Oct. 20):
Multiflex, shmultiflex, fiddle-dee-dee,
Princeton got seven and Harvard got three.
Congratulations to Bil Gilbert. His article about the black-footed ferret (Missing and Presumed to Be Dead, Oct. 13), like his other articles, is a solid piece of writing.
In about 1934, when I was earning my way through the University of Kansas by working in the school museum of natural history, I made a scientific skin (a stuffed animal that is not wired but made to be displayed flat) out of what was then thought to be the last ferret in the state. Some rancher had killed it and shipped it to us.
The use of the poison Compound 1080 probably wiped out the ferret and also senselessly killed a lot of other wildlife. There is no way 1080 should ever be used again. Anywhere. Anytime.
JOHN D. BLACK
Professor Emeritus of Zoology and Conservation
Northeast Missouri State University
I would expect to find such an article in Audubon. I am delighted to find it in SI. Your articles on environmental matters have always been excellent, and they reach readers who may not read the standard environmental publications. Many of these pieces are clearly pertinent to a sportsman's interests; others, such as Gilbert's, while not obviously relevant, are, when reflected upon, of immense importance.