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CEREMONY OF THE DAY: ERNIE DAVIS LEGENDS FIELD

The field at Syracuse's Carrier Dome was named Ernie Davis Legends Field during a halftime ceremony that featured former Syracuse great Jim Brown and Martin Luther King III. The tribute to Davis, the 1961 Heisman Trophy winner and the first African-American to win the award, came a year after the release of a movie about his life called The Express. Davis died in 1963 of leukemia before playing a game in the NFL. He was 23. "Ernie Davis represented three things to me: He was a great athlete, a proponent of education and he was a great human being," Brown, 73, said. "Thank God this will be a tribute to him for the rest of our lives."

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Players of the day

Dan LeFevour, QBCentral Michigan

The senior ran for three TDs and passed for three in a 56-8 win over Eastern Michigan.

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Thad Lewis, QB Duke

The senior threw for 459 yards and five TDs and rushed for one in a 39-28 win over N.C. State. It was the Blue Devils' first road ACC win since the 2003 season finale, a span of 20 games.

Kerry Meier, WRDezmon Briscoe, WR Kansas

Meier, a senior, caught 16 passes for 142 yards and two TDs. Briscoe, a junior, caught 12 for 186 yards and two TDs. Meier's catches were one more than the school record he and Briscoe shared. And both surpassed Mark Simmons' school record of 155. Meier leads 167-165.

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Duo of the day

Tyler Sheehan, QBFreddie Barnes, WR Bowling Green

Sheehan, a senior, was 44-for-63 for 505 yards and four TDs, and his 9-yard TD run with five seconds left downed host Kent State 36-35. His main target was Barnes. The senior caught 22 passes (yes, 22!) for 278 yards and TDs of 2, 8 and 45 yards. The catches were two off the NCAA record set by Mississippi Valley State's Jerry Rice in 1983 and Brown's Chas Gessner in 2002.

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winner of the day

Rutgers

The host Scarlet Knights beat Texas Southern 42-0 to become the 38th school with 600 wins. Of course, Rutgers (600-591-42) has had plenty of time to reach the milestone. In 1869, it faced Princeton in the first collegiate game.

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nosedive of the day

Ball State

Last season, the Cardinals won their first 12 games. But they lost their final two. And Saturday, they lost 24-19 at Temple to fall to 0-6. By the way, Ball State coach Stan Parrish (the Bucs' quarterbacks coach when they won the Super Bowl) has a personal 34-game winless streak. At Kansas State, he lost his final five games in 1986, went a combined 0-21-1 in 1987-88 before being fired, and lost last season's GMAC Bowl after Brady Hoke left for San Diego State.

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bad special teamsof the day

Purdue

Down 14-13 at Minnesota in the third, the Boilermakers' Chris Summers sent a punt 7 yards. Taking over at the Purdue 30, the Gophers scored two plays later. Keith Carlos fumbled the ensuing kickoff. And five plays later, it was 28-13. Purdue drove to the Minnesota 21 on its next possession. But Lee Campbell blocked a field goal that Traye Simmons returned 47 yards for the Gophers' first blocked kick for a score since Oct. 21, 1989, against Indiana. Not surprisingly, Minnesota won 35-20.

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coach of the day

Chris Ault

Nevada

At 12:01 a.m. Saturday, Nevada finished off a 37-14 win over Louisiana Tech. That made Ault, a Wolfpack quarterback from 1965-68, the 54th with 200 wins and the 35th to win them all at one school. The other five active coaches with 200 wins:

Joe Paterno...........Penn St.............388

Bobby Bowden.......FSU...................384*

Frank Beamer........Va. Tech.............224

Jim Tressel...........Ohio St...............223

Mack Brown...........Texas................205*

*Played late Saturday

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Returner of the day

Brandon BoykinGeorgia

The sophomore became the first SEC player with two 100-yard kickoff returns in a season (since 1941, the NCAA put a maximum length on plays of 100 yards, so no matter where the ball is caught, it's 100 yards). Boykin, who burned South Carolina on Sept. 12, also joined Gene Washington (1973) as the only Bulldogs with two kickoff returns for scores of any length in a season.

Information from Times wires contributed to this report.

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