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B-CC, Howard await penalties

As of Tuesday afternoon, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference had taken no action against either Bethune-Cookman or Howard, or any of the players, for the bench-clearing brawl that occurred during Saturday's game in Washington, D.C.

"We're waiting on written reports from the schools and officials, as well as a chance to review the game film," said MEAC spokesman Larry Barber.

Three B-CC players and two from Howard were ejected after the melee, and another player from each team was ejected later in the game.

"I told the referee early in the game their players were rubbing it in, pushing on us after the play. I saw the fight coming," said B-CC senior quarterback J.D. Hall, who topped the 6,000-yard passing mark for his career with a 54-yard bomb to Devon Cole.

Another insult came after the game. B-CC coach Sylvester Collins and athletic director Lynn Thompson were bumped from their flight and arrived in Daytona Beach on Monday.

The Wildcats will try to avoid the first 0-6 start in school history when they travel to South Carolina State this Saturday.

Rattlers honored: The Florida A&M Rattlers continue to reap MEAC awards as reserve linebacker Earl Holmes was named co-defensive player of the week. Holmes, a redshirt freshman, had two sacks, a blocked field goal and a fumble recovery in FAMU's 21-7 win over North Carolina A&T. Fellow freshman Frankie Wilkins was named rookie of the week after rushing for 64 yards on 17 carries.

Mickens close: FAMU junior wide receiver Terry Mickens is only one catch from matching last season's team-leading total of 31. Through six games, Mickens has 30 receptions for 454 yards and two touchdowns.

Friendly confines: While FAMU has the "pleasure" of traveling to play second-ranked Delaware State on Saturday in an MEAC matchup, the confines of the Hornets' stadium might be friendlier than expected.

In FAMU's two trips to Dover since the Rattlers rejoined the MEAC in 1987, the Rattlers came from behind to win both times, 35-31 in 1988 and 43-38 in 1990. In both games, Delaware State had the ball inside the FAMU 20 in the final minute only to be turned away from the goal line.

Knights return: Central Florida likely will get its first victory over a Southland Conference opponent Saturday, when the Knights entertain winless Nicholls State.

Southland Conference teams command a 6-0 advantage over UCF, which hasn't played a real game since beating Western Illinois 35-22 Sept. 26. (UCF cruised past the Moscow Bears 43-6 in an exhibition game Oct. 3.)

The Knights (3-1), even if they are a little rusty, should be able to break the hex against the Colonels (0-4-1) in the Citrus Bowl. Nicholls State is one of just seven Division I-AA teams searching for its first victory. Two of those clubs (Bethune-Cookman being the other) are on UCF's 10-game schedule.

Senior placekicker Franco Grilla is getting closer to surpassing Eddie O'Brien as the Knights' career record-holder for points and field goals. Grilla is five field goals shy of O'Brien's record of 53, and he's just four points away from the record of 273.

_ Reported by correspondents Sean Kernan and Jim Vertuno.

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