Three Syracuse players were stabbed early yesterday in a bar on the west side of Syracuse, N.Y., police said.
The incident occurred around 1 a.m. at Sadie's Place, according to authorities. The most seriously injured is senior DB David Byrd, who was listed in critical condition yesterday at University Hospital. Also hurt are junior DE Duke Pettijohn and sophomore OT Giovanni DeLoatch. Pettijohn was treated at St. Joseph's Hospital for cuts to his body and head and was released. DeLoatch was admitted to St. Joseph's with cuts to the body and head and was listed in stable condition. He was being held for observation last night but was expected to be released, university spokesman Kevin Morrow said.
A fourth victim, Myles Thomas of Boston, a friend of one of the players, was listed in critical condition at University Hospital. A second friend from Boston, Daniel Moore, was treated at St. Joseph's and was released, a nursing supervisor said.
Byrd, 21, of Schenectady, N.Y., underwent two operations yesterday, Syracuse Mayor Roy Bernardi said. "He's not doing very well at all," Bernardi said. "We'll just wait and let the doctors do their work, and hope and pray."
Police arrested a pair of 22-year-old men and expected to apprehend more. Cheiron Thomas was charged with first-degree gang assault and second-degree assault, and Trequill Stackhouse was charged with first-degree gang assault and first-degree assault. Both are from Syracuse.
"This place was labeled off-limits to the football team from Day One," Bernardi said. "Some of the members of the group were people who have been in trouble with us before."
Police said the five unarmed victims were overpowered by more than a half-dozen attackers, many of whom had weapons. At least one of the victims was beaten to the ground by several suspects as another stabbed him, police said.
The stabbings came hours after Syracuse suffered its second straight loss, 24-23, to Boston College at the Carrier Dome.
Trung Canidate ran for 148 yards to extend his school record for consecutive 100-yard games to seven as Arizona kept its Rose Bowl hopes alive by beating UCLA, 33-7, in Pasadena, Calif.
Canidate, who scored on runs of three and 19 yards, equaled the Wildcats' career record of 15 100-yard rushing games set by Art Luppino between 1953 and '56. Keith Smith completed 17 of 29 passes for 281 yards and a touchdown for Arizona (6-3, 3-2 Pacific-10), which won for the fourth time in five games.
The Bruins (3-6, 1-5) netted minus-31 rushing yards--the first time they were held to negative rushing yardage in seven years.
No. 250 for Edwards
Twenty-five years after his first bowl team, BYU Coach Lavell Edwards has not lost his edge.
On Friday, Edwards attended a banquet honoring the 1974 Cougars, who won the WAC and went to the Fiesta Bowl. They were the first of his 18 conference champions and 21 bowl teams. On Saturday, the Cougars--spurred by their coach's post-reunion pep talk--defeated visiting Air Force, 27-20, to give Edwards his 250th career win.
"He told us how much it meant for that  team to win, how important chemistry is," said quarterback Kevin Feterik, who completed 24 of 31 passes for 336 yards and two touchdowns against the Falcons (4-3, 1-3). No. 15 BYU is 7-1, 4-0. "It was a great speech."