Several college football games featured tributes on the third anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. Fans observed a moment of silence at the UCLA-Illinois game in Champaign, Ill., and at the Arizona State-Northwestern game in Evanston, Ill, where it was officially designated Heroes' Day at Ryan Field.

Stark black and white shots from the attacks passed in silence on the video board before the game between Marshall and Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio. The flag was lowered to half-staff while taps were sounded by the Ohio State band.

Fans in Iowa City and Lincoln, Neb., took a more vocal approach. Nearly 70,000 rose in unison at Iowa's Kinnick Stadium to cheer a flag and three firefighters.

The three New York City firefighters, outfitted in their blue uniforms, marched out of the north end zone before the Iowa-Iowa State game in front of a faded American flag that was unearthed in the rubble of the World Trade Center.

"To me it means a lot," said Denny Hansen, an Iowa City firefighter who took part in the pregame ceremony. "We lost a lot of brothers and sisters that day."

In Lincoln, the Cornhuskers marching band performed a patriotic salute to the United States. Fans held up red, white and blue placards during the national anthem to form an American flag design in the stadium.

-- From News Services