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TAKING 'BEAT THE BANDS' TO A NEW LEVEL

A brawl erupted among members of the Southern University and Prairie View A&M marching bands at halftime Saturday night when one band began its performance before the other was off the field.

At least three people were taken to a hospital, including a member of the Prairie View band who reportedly was hit in the face with a musical instrument, officials said.

The game was played at a neutral field -- Lamar University's Cardinals Stadium.

Southern won, 37-7, extending Prairie View's losing streak to 80 games, a record for major college football.

The fight reportedly lasted about 20 minutes before Jefferson County sheriff's deputies and Lamar University police finally brought things under control.

The fight began as the Southern band was marching onto the field. At the same time, Prairie View's band was heading for the sideline.

As the bands marched past each other, fighting broke out.

"This has never happened before," said Prairie View band director George Edwards. "We're missing uniforms and everything."

Florida teams still sliding

First it was Florida State, now it's Florida. For the first time in nearly eight years, a team from the state of Florida is not among the top five in the Associated Press' Top 25.

Tennessee's 20-17 overtime victory over Florida Saturday night sent the Gators from No. 2 to No. 8 in this week's poll. A week ago, the Seminoles lost to North Carolina State and tumbled from No. 2 to No. 11.

The last time the Sunshine State teams were out of the top five was Oct. 27, 1990, when Miami was eighth, Florida State 12th and Florida 15th. The Hurricanes last made the top five early in the 1994 season.

Ohio State, meanwhile, moved closer to a unanimous choice as No. 1. The Buckeyes, 35-14 winners over Missouri, received 64 first-place votes and 1,744 points from the 70 sportswriters and broadcasters on the AP panel. Last week, Ohio State had 57 first-place votes.

Nebraska, which had the week off, moved up a notch to No. 2 with one first-place vote and 1,601 points, while UCLA improved a spot to No. 3 with a first-place vote and 1,562 points. The Bruins beat Houston, 42-24.

Tennessee, which ended a five-game losing streak against Florida, moved up two places to No. 4 with two first-place votes and 1,542 points. Kansas State, a 48-7 winner over Texas, remained No. 5 with two first-place votes and 1,522 points.

In the USA Today/ESPN Top 25, the top five were: Ohio State, Nebraska, Kansas State, Tennessee and UCLA.

Wanted: A running game

SEATTLE -- Talk about challenges. The No. 9 Washington Huskies will try to win at No. 2 Nebraska without a running game. Unless they find one by next Saturday.

"We're too one-dimensional right now," coach Jim Lambright said following Washington's 20-10 victory over Brigham Young in its home opener. "We didn't run for short yardage and we didn't run outside. We've got to fix that."

The Huskies (2-0) are averaging 106.5 yards rushing in their first two games, including 100 yards on 32 carries against the Cougars at Husky Stadium on Saturday.

And 46 of those yards came on a run by backup quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo in the second quarter when BYU thought Brock Huard was still in the game.

"Nothing came easy," said freshman running back Willie Hurst, who made his Huskies' debut with 24 yards on 15 carries.

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