Video shows Miami fan, cop strike each other
Police are investigating a videotaped altercation where a University of Miami football fan slapped an officer, who then punched her in the head.
Miami-Dade Police Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said in an e-mail Sunday that Bridget Freitas, a 30-year-old nurse, has been charged with felony battery on a police officer and misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Zabaleta said the department is reviewing the video to make sure proper procedures were followed in the altercation at Hard Rock Stadium during Miami’s 28-10 win Saturday over Virginia Tech.
According to the arrest report, Freitas had been arguing with other fans and was ‘‘using profanity in a loud, boisterous manner’’ when officers arrived. They say they tried to calm her and asked her to move to the concourse, but she refused and sat on the steps.
In the 14-second video posted on Twitter, four uniformed officers pick up Freitas, who was wearing a green and orange Miami jersey. The three carried her up the steps, with one officer hoisting her torso with his arms under her shoulders and the other two carrying her legs.
With her eyes half-closed, Freitas flailed with her open hand at Detective Douglas Ross, who was carrying her right leg. She missed the back of his head, but nailed him in the face with her backhand.
Ross immediately reacted, hitting her in the head with his right fist, causing her to crumble in the officers’ arms as she was carried out of view of the camera.
Jail records do not show Freitas being held Sunday afternoon. She did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.
University of Miami officials said they were aware of the video and were also gathering information. The school often employs off-duty officers in uniform to assist with crowd control, traffic, and security at football games, and there were multiple skirmishes in the stands Saturday that required intervention of law enforcement and others.
Notre Dame, Clemson make jump in poll
Notre Dame and Clemson climbed while Ohio State and Penn State tumbled out of the top 10, leaving the latest Associated Press poll looking a lot like the College Football Playoff rankings — with one difference.
Alabama remained No. 1 in the AP Top 25, where it has been since the preseason. No. 2 Georgia picked up three more first-place votes for a total of five. In the playoff rankings however, Georgia is No. 1 and Alabama is No. 2. Notre Dame moved up two spots to No. 3 and Clemson did the same to No. 4.
Oklahoma jumped three spots to No. 5, leaving those three in the same order as the playoff selection committee had them Tuesday.
Unbeaten Wisconsin fell two spots to No. 6 but is now the highest ranked Big Ten team. Ohio State fell eight spots to No. 11 after getting blown out at Iowa and Penn State dropped nine to No. 16 after spending all year in the top 10.
Miami rose two spots to No. 7, followed by TCU, Washington, and Auburn, who all joined the top 10.
BC, N.C. State kick off at noon on Saturday
The Atlantic Coast Conference announced Boston College will host N.C. State at noon Saturday. The game at Alumni Stadium will be available nationally split between ABC and ESPN2. The Eagles (5-4, 3-3 ACC) are coming off a bye following a 35-3 home win over Florida State on Oct. 27, while the No. 20 Wolfpack (6-3, 4-1) fell at home, 38-31, to No. 6 Clemson on Saturday . . . An ACC spokesman said the league is "satisfied" by Clemson's explanation for a laptop being on the sideline during its win at N.C. State. After the game, Wolfpack coach Dave Doeren questioned the presence of the laptop, which a Clemson spokesman said was used by a student working with social media. NCAA rules prohibit computer use ‘‘for any coaching purposes’’ during games on the sideline . . . After going 2-10 last season, Virginia (6-3) became bowl eligible for the first time since 2011 with its 40-36 win over ACC foe Georgia Tech on Saturday. Florida Atlantic (6-3) accomplished the feat as well, in its first season under Lane Kiffin, with a 30-25 Conference USA victory over visiting Marshall on Friday. There are spots for 78 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in bowls this season, with 50 teams already bowl eligible.
Pettis sets record as Washington rolls
Dante Pettis became the NCAA's all-time leader in punt return touchdowns with the ninth of his career as No. 12 Washington (8-1, 5-1 Pac-12) routed Oregon (5-5, 2-5) Saturday night in Seattle, 38-3. Pettis' 64-yard punt return in the first half sparked Washington after a sluggish start . . . Also late Saturday, Ronald Jones II rushed for 194 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 17 Southern Cal (8-2, 6-1 Pac-12) overcame a big second-half rally by Arizona (6-3, 4-2) to hang on for a 49-35 victory over the 23rd-ranked Wildcats in Los Angeles.