Sport: The Phantom of Provo

When the football players at Brigham Young University, a big Mormon school in Provo, Utah, huddle before the game, they do not pray for victory. "We just pray," says a player wryly, "that we'll come out in one piece." For 21 seasons, the toothless Cougars were the pussycats of the Skyline Conference, winning only 69 of 203 games against such middling opposition as Wyoming, Montana, Utah State. B.Y.U. now belongs to the new Western Athletic Conference, and with only three victories in nine games, it is still the weakling of its league. But this season, the Cougars have grown at least...

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