Morgan State is 0-9, in the basement of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. The Bears have been devastated by injuries, most notably at quarterback. Sophomore Orlando Persell, who started the season as the fourth-string quarterback, has the job by default.
Morgan has had to play six of its nine games on the road, where it's faced more problems than reading defenses and breaking tackles.
The Bears arrived in Tallahassee, Fla., on Friday for a game against Florida A&M. When the team got to its hotel, their rooms weren't ready, so the players had to spend an afternoon sitting on the bus.
The next day, Morgan lost, 55-6, to the Rattlers.
"We don't want to use that as an excuse, but you want things to go smoothly when you're on a trip," coach Ricky Diggs said. "As soon as we take two steps forward, we seem to take a step backward, whether due to injury or distractions."
* JOHNS HOPKINS: Quarterback John Guglielmo, who earned Sports Illustrated's Small College Player of the Week honors for his 477-yard passing day against Georgetown on Oct. 26 at Homewood Field, averages 335 yards passing at home and 172 on the road.
* WESTERN MARYLAND: Tailback Eric Frees has gained 4,888 yards, good for third on the Division III list.
By gaining 123 yards, Frees can pass second-place Terry Underwood (Wagner, 1985-88), but he will be hard-pressed to pick up the 683 yards he needs to pass all-time leader Joe Dudek (Plymouth State, 1982-85). Frees has two games remaining: Saturday at Swarthmore, which statistically has the worst rushing defense in the CFC, and Nov. 9 at home against Johns Hopkins.
* FROSTBURG STATE: Fullback Rory McTigue, who sprained ligaments in his knee two weeks ago, is day-to-day.
* SALISBURY STATE: Sea Gulls fullback Richard Marinucci, who missed Saturday's game because he broke his thumb in practice last week, should be able to play with a cast this week.