Who's conservative? Woody Hayes? Not when his ox is being gored. Give him instant replay.

The Old Buckeye renewed his call for same after Iowa defenders gored his ox, freshman fullback Joel Payton, on a plunge and officials ruled he had been stopped shy of the goal line.

The Ohio State tutor sounded a lot like St. Louis coach Don Coryell after his Cardinals' NFL loss to Dallas the previous weekend. The same Coryell who might have lost a big one to the 1975 Redskins if the instant replay he recommends had been available to the officials on the infamous Mel Gray catch said the device should be used to remedy such allegedly bad calls as a roughing-the-passer call that doomed the Cards against the Cowboys.

Even the impartial Associated Press is getting in the act. After that dubious out call on Steve Garvey at home plate in Yankee Stadium, the wire service's general sports editor Wick Temple recommended that a game official be set up in a box with a video set, from where he could relay to field refs what he had seen, leaving the final decision to them . . .

Oh. That wasn't all Hayes had to say. After Iowa stopped the Buckeyes on four cracks from the one-yard line, he blasted Hawkeye fans for being "totally unfair, unsportsmanlike and downright dishonest." Seems they'd raised the old Hooton-anny (as in roaring Philadelphia baseball fans vs. Burt Hooton) to drown out the OSU signals.

Life is tough when you're struggling to victory, 27-6. . .