John Bowen of Nashua, N.H., one of two spectators struck by a remote-controlled model airplane during half time of Sunday's New York Jets-New England Patriots game at Shea Stadium, died Thursday night.

A patriot fan who attended the game with his 18-year-old brother and some friends, Bowen was struck in the head and cut severely when the 40-pound plane nose-dived into the stands behind the Patriot bench. He underwent surgery Sunday night at Booth Memorial Hospital and his condition was updated Monday from critical to satisfactory before he was transferred to New York Hospital.

Ken Rourke of Lynn, Mass., another New England fan who made the trip, also was hit and received a concussion but was released from the hospital Monday.

A spokesman for the Electronic Eagles, which staged the show, said "We've done 30-some shows all over the country and nothing like this has ever happened . . . We're not exactly sure what went wrong with the plane."

Washington Diplomat winger Kenneth Mokgojoa, stabbed during a mugging in South Africa last weekend, was not as seriously injured as initially reported, the soccer club announced yesterday.

Mokgojoa, 25, a Diplomat the last two seasons received seven stitches in his forehead was released from a Johannesburg hospital shortly after the incident Saturday, according to Toye Mostart, the agent who negotiated Mokgojoa's contract with the Dips.

Diplomat General Manager Andy Dolich said that he had spoken with Mostart and with Mokgojoa since the robbery attempt and both told him that Mokgojoa was doing fine.

Brad Budde, one of the guys up front who paved the way for the scintillating runs of Heisman winner Charles White, capped a fine four-year career at Southern Cal by being named College Football Lineman of the Year by UPI.

Budde, son of former All-Pro guard Ed Budde, received 32 votes, followed by defensive tackle Steve McMichael of Texas and middle guard Ron Simmons of Florida State, tied for second at 10, and defensive end Hugh Green of Pitt and defensive tackle Bruce Clark of Penn State, eight.

Outland Trophy winner Jim Richter of North Carolina State received six votes.

Mike White, who coached Stanford's offense in two Rose Bowl victories in the '60s, has taken over as head coact of Illionis' ailing program and promises exciting football.

"I'll tell you this, it will be entertaining," he said. "It's a multiple offense, pro-oriented with wide receivers," said White, an assistant for the San Francisco 49ers the last two years. "You'll see men in the motion all over the place.'

Bill XXI, Navy's mascot goat who presided over 16 wins, including two victories over Army in two seasons, died this week of an infection.

He has been replaced by another Angora goat, Bill XXII, who is described by the academy as being young and "tough tempered."