As a football buff and long-time admirer of Harold "Red" Grange, I was much interested in his Jan. 29 obituary by Richard Pearson and the appreciation story by Shirley Povich {Sports, Jan. 29}. They gave some details about his remarkable football career at the University of Illinois that I had not known and brought back vivid memories of a game that neither writer mentioned.

The game took place on Stagg Field on one of those raw, blustery and wickedly cold days in late November (1924) for which Chicago is famous. I was a graduate student at the University of Chicago, and it was so cold I ran back to my room in Snell Hall to put on another pair of trousers. As an usher, I was lucky to have a section near the 50-yard line.

This game would decide the Big Ten championship. And the playoff tension was heightened by the presence of the fabulously elusive All American for the Illini, and for the Maroons, the less famous All American, the stodgy fullback Austin "Five Yard" McCarty.

At the end of the first half the score was 14-14. On the second-half kickoff, the "Galloping Ghost" caught the ball near his own goal line. In a dazzling display of maneuvering and changes of pace, he ran through the Chicago team for a touchdown. Both stands went wild. That ended the scoring for the third quarter.

As the two teams seesawed back and forth, the tension on both sides became almost unbearable. "Come on, Red, score again to put the game on ice." "Come on, Maroons, keep on stopping Grange and help Mac across the goal line. We'll settle for a tie."

With tremendous line plunges, Five Yard lived up to his sobriquet and scored. Both sides heaved prolonged sighs of relief as the game ended in a 21-21 tie. I had seen a football game the likes of which I never saw again, until last month's Super Bowl between the Giants and the Bills.

One correction for the record: Although the Grange family moved to Wheaton, Ill., before Red finished grade school, he was born, June 13, 1903, in Forksville, Pa., a small town about 50 miles west and a little north of Scranton.

JOHN F. LATIMER Washington