Today's area games

November 11, 1995

Virginia (7-3) at Maryland (6-3)

Time: Noon

Site: Byrd Stadium, College Park

TV: Chs. 13, 7

Radio: WBAL (1090 AM)

Outlook: Its ability to play smash-mouth is one of the reasons Virginia (6-1 ACC) is an 11-point favorite to beat Maryland (4-2) and clinch a share of the conference title. Terps senior WR Jermaine Lewis, who played some I-back and scored four touchdowns in last week's 30-13 win at North Carolina State, has 56 catches this season and 183 in his career, but Virginia CB Ronde Barber was last year's ACC Rookie of the Year. Terps CB A. J. Johnson leads the ACC in interceptions, and he'll keep an eye on Pete Allen, who has had 100 yards receiving in each of the Cavaliers' past three games. TB Tiki Barber (1,223 yards) is 2 yards shy of Virginia's single-season rushing record, and sophomore RB Buddy Rodgers (600) needs 63 yards to post the best total by a Maryland back in a decade. The Cavaliers had superb special-teams play in last week's 33-28 win over Florida State. About 1,000 tickets remain and will go on sale at 9 a.m. at the Byrd Stadium box office.

Southern Connecticut (7-2) at Towson State (5-4)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Minnegan Stadium

Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Outlook: This will be the fourth meeting between the schools. Towson State holds a 2-1 edge, including last year's 48-0 rout. The Tigers are trying to clinch their third straight winning season under coach Gordy Combs. They failed last weekend, losing to American International, 19-17, on a field goal with 23 seconds left. The loss hurt Towson's chances of qualifying for the ECAC-IFC championship game. Defenses continue to key on senior TB Larry Washington, who was held to 67 yards on 23 carries. Freshman QB Kevin Smith has picked up some of the slack; he threw for 209 yards against American International. Southern Connecticut defeated Central Connecticut, 14-3, last week.

North Carolina Central (4-6) at Bowie State (3-7)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Bulldog Stadium, Bowie

Outlook: Bowie (2-5 CIAA) was blanked by New Haven last week, 34-0. The Bulldogs allowed 236 yards and two touchdowns through the air. They won the battle of possession, holding the ball for 38:12, but that was their only triumph. Freshman Topper Ellis continues to lead Bowie in rushing with 387 yards. Darrell Foote has thrown for 1,155 yards and five touchdowns. North Carolina Central is 3-4 in the conference and coming off a 27-6 loss to Norfolk State. The Eagles allowed 438 yards passing, and 549 overall.

Sue Bennett (0-10) at Salisbury State (6-2)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Sea Gull Stadium, Salisbury

Outlook: Salisbury got back on the winning track last weekend by defeating Catholic, 12-2. George Mayer kicked field goals of 30 and 33 yards and Daron Wimbish scored on a 1-yard run. The Sea Gulls' defense limited Catholic to 161 total yards. A win would strengthen Salisbury's chances for an ECAC Division III playoff berth. Its six victories are the most since 1988. The Sea Gulls have led in time of possession just once this year, against Catholic. Sue Bennett is an NAIA school in its third season of varsity football. The Dragons have been shut out five times, including last week, a 31-0 loss to Clinch Valley. The only common opponent has been Chowan, which Salisbury defeated, 21-6. Sue Bennett lost to Chowan, 6-0.

Howard (5-4) at Morgan State (1-8)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Hughes Stadium

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Outlook: Morgan gave up 484 total yards in last weekend's 35-24 loss to Samford, its fifth defeat in a row. Elijah Cameron returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and caught a 35-yard scoring pass. Senior OT Marcus Moore twisted an ankle and is questionable for today. Senior QB Michael Moore is 114 yards short of tying his single-season passing record. Morgan is second in the MEAC in passing offense (226.1 yards per game). Howard's three-game winning streak ended with an 18-14 loss to South Carolina State. The Bison are 1-3 in the MEAC; Morgan is 0-5. The Bears won last year, 17-14, but the Bison have won nine of the past 11 meetings.

Frostburg State (5-4) at Methodist (5-4)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Monarch Field, Fayetteville, N.C.

Radio: WFRB (560 AM)

Outlook: This will be Mike McGlinchey's last game as Frostburg coach, and the Bobcats want to give him a win. They fell short last weekend in the home finale, scoring twice in the fourth quarter but losing to Waynesburg, 20-14. The Bobcats continue to have problems passing the ball. If the running game bogs down, so does Frostburg. The Bobcats lead this series, 3-0, including a 50-17 win last year. Methodist is seeking a record sixth victory, and its first winning season in its seven years of collegiate football. The Monarchs are 4-0 at home this season, and have won six straight there dating to last year.

Delaware (9-0) at Navy (3-5)

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Site: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis

Radio: WWLG (1360 AM)

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