Sport: The Spoilers

It was college football's "game of the year." U.C.L.A. against Southern Cal. The No. 1 team in the nation against No. 3 (or No. 4, depending on the poll). Passer Gary Beban against Runner O. J. Simpson. At stake: the Pacific Eight title, a Rose Bowl bid and the Heisman Trophy. "Whichever team wins this game should be the national champion," insisted Southern Cal Coach John McKay. After what happened last Saturday—U.C.L.A.'s Beban passing for two T.D.s, U.S.C.'s Simpson running for two, Southern Cal winning by the slim margin of a missed extra...

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