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Boston U. lets its anger show

Black jersey numbers replaced red ones and the Terrier logo was missing from uniforms Saturday as Boston University players protested the school's decision to eliminate the program.

In the first game after BU's board of trustees decided to end the I-AA program for financial reasons, host Connecticut beat the Terriers 45-7.

The Boston players said they were playing no longer for Boston but for themselves. "We're just kind of in a depression mode, just trying to help each other through this the best we can," team captain Travis Raitt said.

Sports information director Ed Carpenter said the university accepted the players' frustration. "We decided to let them express their feelings today."

Coach Tom Masella said the players made their point and would return to their school uniforms next week.

BU (0-7) has won four of its past 30 games.

Dartmouth's bump gives way to free fall

Nine days ago Dartmouth had the nation's longest unbeaten streak. This morning the Big Green woke up to second place in the Ivy League.

A week after Lehigh ended the unbeaten string at 22 games, Harvard (6-1, 4-0) dismantled the defending champion 24-0 at Hanover, N.H. Dartmouth (5-2, 3-1) stopped the Crimson on the game's first series, but Harvard rolled up 309 yards total offense en route to a 24-0 lead by halftime. Flanker Terence Patterson scored three touchdowns, two on passes from Rich Linden, who was 21-of-38 for 235 yards.

Harvard's defense intercepted five passes from Peter Sellers, had three sacks and recovered one fumble in holding the Big Green to minus 3 yards rushing.

Dartmouth last was shut out in 1987.

NUMBERS: Norman Hayes rushed a school-record 42 times for 175 yards in Columbia's 17-0 win over Princeton. QB Giovanni Carmazzi has passed for 2,968 yards and 23 TDs, season records at Hofstra. He passed for 340 yards and a TD in a 51-13 win over UMass. Texas' Ricky Williams (226 yards on 31 attempts) had his fourth straight 200-yard game, one short of the NCAA record held by Barry Sanders and Marcus Allen. St. Francis, Pa., which is 1-8, drew 252 for its 26-10 loss to Marist.

INJURED: South Carolina QB Anthony Wright left in the second quarter against Tennessee with ligament damage in his knee. He is probably lost for the season.