Today's Football Games

November 06, 1993

FLORIDA STATE (8-0) at MARYLAND (1-7)

Site: Byrd Stadium, 12:10 p.m.

Series: Florida State leads, 3-0

Radio: WBAL (1090 AM); WWRC (980 AM); WYRE (810 AM); WAMD (970 AM); WFMD (930 AM); WTTR (1470 AM)

TV: Channel 25; Channel 7, in progress, 1 p.m.

Line: None

Outlook: Even if QB Charlie Ward rests his bruised ribs, the Seminoles shouldn't have any difficulty improving their conference winning streak to 16 games, which would erase the Atlantic Coast Conference record set by Maryland in 1975 and 1976. If Ward (2,011 yards passing, 242 rushing) doesn't play, sophomore Danny Kannell will. Sean Jackson (574 yards) is the Seminoles' top rusher, and Kez McCorvey and Tamarick Vanover have combined for 73 catches. After missing two games with a neck injury, LB Derrick Brooks returns to a defense seeking a school-record fifth shutout. Nine Maryland players were injured in last week's 29-0 loss at Clemson. WR Jermaine Lewis is out with a shoulder injury, but QB Scott Milanovich, who has a bruised left shoulder and bone chips in two fingers on his right hand, will play. Left guard Jade Dubis (ankle sprain) and defensive tackle Madison Bradley (back injury) are doubtful. As of last night, 4,000 student tickets and 2,300 reserved seats remained.

TOWSON STATE (5-2) at DELAWARE (6-2) Site: Delaware Stadium, Newark, Del., 1 p.m.

Radio: WITH (1230 AM)

Outlook: Two of the most explosive Division I-AA offenses in the country promise to make this a high-scoring affair. The Tigers, coming off a 40-12 defeat at Hofstra, are probably out of the playoff picture, but they can knock the 14th-ranked Blue Hens -- national semifinalists last year -- out of the postseason with a victory. The Blue Hens, ranked third nationally in total offense, average 37.4 points and 486 yards per game behind RB Darryl Brown (898 yards, 6.0 yards per carry) and QB Dale Fry (60-for-98 and 1,044 yards), the nation's third-ranked passer. The Tigers average 35 points and 464 yards per game, fourth highest the country. RB Tony Vinson (1,189 yards) is ranked second in the nation with 170 yards rushing per game. QB Dan Crowley has thrown for 1,350 yards, 17 touchdowns, and has been intercepted only four times. The Tigers, who have never beaten Delaware on the road, have committed 11 turnovers this season while forcing 23.

MORGAN STATE (2-6) at KNOXVILLE (4-4) Site: Evans Collins Stadium, Knoxville, Tenn., 1:30 p.m.

Radio: WEAA (88.5 FM)

Outlook: The Bears have lost four straight, giving up 204 points over that stretch, and they draw a tough assignment in the Division III Bulldogs. Don't let Knoxville's record deceive you. The Bulldogs have played all Division II and I-AA schools. They beat Bethune-Cookman, 34-31, in their season opener, the week before Bethune-Cookman whipped Morgan State by three touchdowns. QB Orlando Persell (97-for-196, 1,432 yards, nine touchdowns) and WR Jesse Humphrey (43 catches, 814 yards, nine touchdowns) lead a Morgan State offense that averages 30 points per game, but the Bears could have trouble throwing against a Knoxville defense that has 20 interceptions. CB Eric Carter (nine interceptions, 25 in two seasons) will cover Humphrey often. Offensively, Knoxville averages 30 points behind QB Andre Williams, who has completed 67 percent of his passes. RB Walter McMitchell has rushed for 895 yards.

BOWIE STATE (3-5-1) at NEW HAVEN (8-0) Site: Robert Dodds Field, New Haven, Conn., 1 p.m.

Outlook: The Bulldogs, who started the season 0-4, rebounded in October by going 3-1-1, including last week's 18-0 victory over Fayetteville State -- the Bulldogs' first shutout in four years. But the fun stops today against New Haven, the nation's second-ranked Division II team. The Chargers, behind QB Jim Weir, lead Division II in scoring with a 53-point average. Weir has completed 127 of 213 passes for 1,852 yards and 25 touchdowns, and has been intercepted only once. Weir's favorite target is WR Tony Willis, who has caught 56 passes for 930 yards and 11 touchdowns. Then there's RB Roger Graham, who averages 9 yards per carry while rushing for 1,358 yards and 14 touchdowns. Bowie State has surrendered 18.5 points per game.

FRANKLIN & MARSHALL (4-4) at JOHNS HOPKINS (4-4) Site: Homewood Field, 1:30 p.m.

Radio: WITH (1230 AM)

Outlook: The Blue Jays haven't lost at home this year, averaging 31 points in those four home victories. They will have to contend with a Franklin & Marshall defense that has allowed only 17 points in its past three games as the Diplomats have won three straight. QB John Guglielmo (1,374 yards, seven touchdowns) leads the Blue Jays, who will benefit from the return of RB Hari Lymon (242 yards). He has been sidelined twice by knee injuries. RB Chuck Wotkowicz (532 yards, eight touchdowns) has been excellent in relief, and WR Joe Richards (33 catches, 487 yards) continues his assault on the Blue Jays' record book. He is second in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches. The Diplomats average only 12.4 points per game.

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