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Dartmouth issues apology

Brawl after loss to HC still being investigated

Dartmouth's football team, coaches, and athletic department apologized yesterday for a brawl that broke out after an overtime win last Saturday by Holy Cross, as the college and police continued to investigate.

After the game ended, Holy Cross players celebrated atop the Dartmouth ``D" painted on the field, and fights broke out when the teams lined up for postgame handshakes. Some players were thrown to the ground and kicked. Coaches, campus security, and Hanover, N.H., police broke it up. No one was hurt.

``It is obvious that many players and some staff of both teams were involved in this incident," Dartmouth athletic director Jo Ann Harper said yesterday. But she said she was not able to identify specific participants.

Harper said coach Buddy Teevens, his staff, and his players have acknowledged the actions ``were not in keeping with acceptable standards of behavior at Dartmouth, nor with the great traditions of Dartmouth football and Dartmouth athletics in general."

``They join me in apologizing to the Dartmouth community, the Holy Cross community, and the public," she said.

The game wasn't televised and the fight so unexpected and short that the cameraman filming the game for Dartmouth caught only the end.

Police Chief Nicholas Giaccone has said the video hasn't been very useful. He said punches were thrown, but he's relying more on memory than video. ``For me to say what an individual person was doing . . . there was too much going on," he said.

Harper said she has concluded her investigation and turned information over to Dartmouth's dean for review. Acting Dean Daniel Nelson says if his review finds sanctions are warranted against individuals or the team under Dartmouth's standards of conduct, the matter will be handled through the normal disciplinary process.

Virginia 23, North Carolina 0 -- Jason Snelling ran for 131 yards and a TD, Jameel Sewell was again sharp at quarterback, and the Cavaliers' defense played its best game of the season in a rout of the visiting Tar Heels.

Snelling carried 19 times against a defense that came into the game allowing more than 200 rushing yards per game, 113th out of 119 Division 1-A schools. Sewell gained another 40 yards, including an 18-yard TD run, for Virginia (3-5, 2-2 Atlantic Coast Conference).

The Tar Heels (1-6, 0-4) ran for 98 yards and passed for 84.

New Mexico 34, Utah 31 -- Martelius Epps scored on a 1-yard run with 2:09 left in the game, rallying the host Lobos past the Utes.

Utah (4-4, 2-2 Mountain West) jumped out to a 24-3 first-half lead before New Mexico (4-4, 2-2) started its comeback.

Donovan Porterie was 19 of 33 for 350 yards and three TDs to spark the Lobos. Travis Brown had nine catches for 154 yards and a TD and Marcus Smith had four receptions for 136 yards and two scores.

Central Michigan 31, Bowling Green 14 -- Obed Cetoute finished with a career-high 122 yards on three receptions and scored a touchdown to help the host Chippewas top the Falcons.

Ahead, 17-14, after three quarters, Central Michigan (5-3, 5-0 Mid-American) dominated the fourth, when quarterback Dan LeFevour connected with Cetoute for an 88-yard touchdown and Justin Gardner for a 15-yard score.

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