The University of District of Columbia was assessed four major penalties late in the fourth quarter to turn a close game into a 27-12 Knoxville College victory yesterday in Knoxville, Tenn.

The game ended with a brawl.

The trouble started after quarterback Terry Scott of UDC plunged over from the one-yard line to bring the Firebirds within 21-12 with 3:30 left. On the point-after attempt, Scott rolled out to the right and was tackled. But he flipped the ball to Michael Stover, who appeard to score.

When officials ruled the pass illegal and nullified the extra points, UDC argued and was assessed a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.

Then the Firebirds (2-3) tried an unsuccessful onside kick from their 25-yard line. On the Bulldogs' first play from scrimmage, UDC was called for a personal foul, giving Knoxville (2-2) the ball on the 20. Two plays later, Bernard Frost scored from six yards out and Knoxville led, 27-12, with 58 seconds, left.

On the kickoff, UDC returned to its 25 but was called for clipping. The Firebirds then went out of bounds on the UDC side of the field on a running play and got another unsportslike conduct penalty. A fight then ended the game with more than 40 seconds left on the clock.