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Ex-Seminole Grant makes new start

St. Petersburg's Hank Grant, dismissed from Florida State's team in the preseason because of unspecified off-the-field troubles, resurfaced at I-AA Chattanooga.

Grant, a former Boca Ciega High standout, started his first game at linebacker for the Mocs last weekend. He recorded six tackles in the 24-21 victory over Western Carolina and is slated to start again in Saturday's game at Appalachian State.

Grant, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound junior, was kicked off FSU's team in early August along with free safety Robert Hammond. Coach Bobby Bowden would say only the two violated team rules and would not be allowed to return.

Because he transferred to a I-AA school, Grant was able to play immediately without sitting out a year. He has played all seven games for No.

22 Chattanooga (6-1), recording 35 tackles, five for a loss. Before the dismissal, he was penciled in as FSU's second-team strong-side linebacker, behind Lamont Green.

STREAK SNAPPED: By beating Dartmouth 46-26 Saturday, Lehigh (3-4) broke the nation's longest unbeaten streak. Dartmouth (5-1) was 21-0-1 since October 1995.

The Big Green had been giving up an average of 55 rushing yards. But Lehigh RB Rabih Abdullah more than tripled that number by himself, gaining 186 yards and scoring four touchdowns. He also became Lehigh's career rushing leader, with 3,194 total yards.

Dartmouth's streak, the longest in the nation in any division, fell two games short of beating Penn's I-AA record.

DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS: Saturday's matchup between Atlantic-10 Conference mates Boston University and Connecticut will be a study in contrasts. While UConn (5-2) plans a move to Division I-A and the Big East Conference, 0-7 BU announced last week it will be dropping its football program at the end of the season.

BU is 4-25 since going 12-1 in 1993 and 9-3 in 1994. The announcement that the program was being dropped came Saturday after the Terriers' 28-7 loss to Northeastern. The school's new focus will be men's and women's basketball, crew and soccer, men's ice hockey and women's field hockey.

IT'S SOMETHING: Little went right for Charleston Southern (1-6), South Florida's opponent Saturday, in its 48-14 loss to Liberty last weekend. But the Bucs can boast of one thing: They became the first team this year to score against Liberty in the third quarter. RB Thomas Williams had a 31-yard touchdown run.

FREE FALL: Troy State (4-4, 1-3 Southland Conference) started the season ranked in the Top 5 in both preseason polls but has lost four of its past five. Now the Trojans are unranked for the first time since their move to I-AA in 1993. Injuries and inexperience have contributed.

MUDDY OUTCOME: Nicholls State (5-3) skidded past Jacksonville State 16-14 in a Southland Conference game marked by driving rain, a suspension of play in the third quarter because of lightning and 17 fumbles _ most on the center/quarterback snap exchange.

The field was so muddy both teams played sloppily on offense. Twelve balls were rotated in and out as managers used more than 40 towels to dry them.

_ SHARON GINN

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