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Connecticut fans clash with police

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published November 10, 2002

STORRS, Conn. -- University of Connecticut police used pepper spray and dogs to keep students from rushing the goal posts after the final game at Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

The Huskies closed their 50-year run at the stadium with a 63-21 win over Kent State. UConn moves into the new 40,000-seat Rentschler Field next season.

"It's an unfortunate situation. It was a great day, a great game," UConn athletic director Lew Perkins said.

About 100 students ran onto the field and celebrated a few minutes with the team. They then turned their attention to the south goal post and encountered a dozen campus police officers with two dogs lined up in front of the goal post.

Several students held hands and tried to rush the goal post but were turned back with pepper spray. A man reached the stanchion and was handcuffed and led away.

"It was a decision made by public safety and the UConn police department solely for the safety of the public," police said in a statement.

AIR FORCE: By beating Army, the Falcons earned the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy for the sixth straight season.

IOWA: Fred Russell ran for 100 yards to become the third Hawkeye running back in the past three years to top 1,000 yards.

MARSHALL: Quarterback Byron Leftwich is doubtful for Tuesday's game against Miami of Ohio with an injured left shin. Leftwich was hurt Nov. 2 in a 34-20 loss at Akron and didn't practice last week.

MICHIGAN STATE: Charles Rogers set a school record with his 24th and 25th touchdown catches. He also set up two TDs with end-around runs of 41 and 25 yards in a 35-point second quarter against Indiana.

NEBRASKA: Jammal Lord had 133 total yards in just over two quarters, becoming the third Cornhuskers quarterback in six years to rush and pass for at least 1,000 yards in a season. Scott Frost did it in 1997 and Eric Crouch last season. Lord has 1,229 yards rushing and 1,016 passing on the season.

N.C. STATE: Running back T.A. McLendon left in the first half with a shoulder injury and did not return. His X-rays did not show serious damage.

NOTRE DAME: Vontez Duff became the first in school history to return a kickoff, punt and interception for a touchdown in one season. Duff returned a kickoff 92 yards in the third quarter against Navy.

OHIO STATE: Mike Nugent has made 22 straight field goals dating to last season and is closing in on the Division I-A record of 30 straight, set by Washington's Chuck Nelson. Nugent has made 21 straight this year.

TEXAS: Roy Williams had eight catches for 172 yards, extending his streak of consecutive games with at least one catch to 32.

MISCELLANEOUS: Ian Smart set a Division II record for career rushing touchdowns when he scored three times in C.W. Post's 21-18 win over Bentley. Smart topped the record of 88 TDs by Emporia State's Brian Shay (1995-98). ... North Carolina Central coach Rudy Abrams resigned after the Eagles' 29-14 loss to Johnson C. Smith. ... Amherst beat Williams 45-35 in the 117th meeting between the Massachusetts Division III rivals. Only three series have had more games: Lafayette-Lehigh (137), Princeton-Yale (124) and Harvard-Yale (118).

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