Iowa football coach Hayden Fry says he hopes newspaper reports that Ohio State football coach Earle Bruce's job is in jeopardy are wrong.

The Columbus Dispatch, quoting anonymous sources close to Ohio State's board of trustees, reported in Sunday's editions that the trustees voted informally Nov. 6 against keeping Bruce.

"Let's just hope and pray these are rumors and there's nothing to them," Fry said after Iowa's 29-27 victory Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, dropped the Buckeyes to 5-4-1, 3-4 in the Big Ten.

Ohio State led by 27-22 until Iowa's Chuck Hartlieb threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to Marv Cook with six seconds left.

"Everybody knows Ohio State fans are spoiled because you've had such great won-lost records," Fry said. " . . . All {Bruce has} done is the best job in the Big Ten since I've been here."

Hamilton J. Teaford, a member of the trustees, denied in a television interview Saturday night that the trustees had voted on whether Bruce will remain coach, but would not say whether the board supports Bruce. . . .

Sophomore Kareen Lackie scored the winning goal with 38 seconds remaining as Maryland's field hockey team defeated host West Chester (Pa.), 2-1, and won the NCAA Mid-Atlantic regional championship. Maryland advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA championships this weekend.