Howard WR Elijah Thurmon was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference's offensive player of the week. Thurmon caught 11 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner with 31 seconds left, to give the Bison a 31-27 victory over Bethune-Cookman Saturday.

Thurmon leads the MEAC in catches (25) and yardage (410) through three games.

GAME MOVED: East Carolina has switched Saturday's game against Miami from Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium to Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C. With much of eastern North Carolina under water, power and drinking water are at risk in Greenville, N.C., and "we didn't want to put our fans in harm's way or add to the burdens of recovering from the disaster that is all around us," Athletic Director Mike Hamrick said.

The Pirates have been stranded in Columbia, S.C., since Saturday's 21-3 win over South Carolina and might have to stay there through Friday, school spokeswoman Mandy Nestor said.

HURTING: Ron Dayne became the Big Ten's career leading rusher last weekend on a sprained ankle, but the running back and his coaches said yesterday the injury is not serious. Dayne was held out of several series in the first half of No. 20 Wisconsin's 17-12 loss to unranked Cincinnati because of the injured ankle. . . . Travis Taylor, No. 3 Florida's top receiver, will miss three to four weeks with a high ankle sprain.