Today's games

November 02, 1996

No. 19 Notre Dame (4-2) vs. Navy (5-1)

Site: Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland, 8 a.m. (EST)

Radio: WNAV (1430 AM), WITH (1230 AM)

TV: Ch. 13, 9 (tape delayed, noon)

Outlook: Navy has a legitimate shot to break a 32-game losing streak (tied for the longest ever by one team against another) against the 19th-ranked Irish after winning its last three. For the first time in 15 years, Navy enters the game with a better record. The Midshipmen led Notre Dame at halftime last year before being undermined by turnovers and penalties and losing, 35-17. Their only common opponent is Air Force, which beat the Irish, 20-17, in overtime at South Bend, after losing to Navy by the same score at home.

Towson State (4-4) at Marist (5-2)

Site: Leonidoff Field, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Outlook: The Tigers appear to have righted themselves. They've won two straight, including last Saturday's 54-14 homecoming romp over St. Francis (Pa.). Sophomore quarterback Kevin Smith has been banged up the past few weeks, but he's still effective. This is the first meeting between the schools. A win would assure Towson of a fifth straight non-losing season under coach Gordy Combs. Marist has won eight of its past 11 games dating to last season, and has won five in a row at home.

Virginia State (6-3, 2-4) at Bowie State (3-5, 5-1)

Site: Bulldog Stadium, Bowie

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WTGC (1580 AM)

Outlook: The Bulldogs rallied to defeat Fayetteville State, 13-12, last weekend, ending a two-game losing streak. Junior safety Ray Cannon intercepted his sixth pass of the season in the final minute to secure the win, giving him an interception in five straight games. The Bulldogs will have their hands full with Virginia State, last year's CIAA champion. The Spartans lead the series 7-2 and have shut out Bowie, 13-0 and 7-0, the past two years.

Sue Bennett (0-8) at Frostburg State (5-2)

Site: Bobcat Stadium, Frostburg

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WFRB (560 AM)

Outlook: Frostburg, which has won five of its past six, and Sue Bennett have never played. . The Bobcats are coming off their biggest offensive game of the season, when they totaled 421 yards, and Sue Bennett is allowing an average of 425.6 yards. The Dragons have been soft against the run, which is where Frostburg excels.

Bethany (3-4) at Salisbury State (3-4)

Site: Sea Gull Stadium, Salisbury

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WTGM (960 AM)

Outlook: The Sea Gulls were routed at home by Wesley last weekend, 39-7. The only previous meeting between these teams was last year, with Bethany winning, 24-21, on a field goal with 3: 38 remaining. That ended Salisbury's five-game winning streak. This is the Sea Gulls' last home game.

Lebanon Valley (0-7) at Western Maryland (2-5)

Site: Scott S. Bair Stadium, Westminster

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: The Green Terror (2-3 in Centennial Conference) had a two-game winning streak end with last weekend's 38-7 loss at Franklin & Marshall. Last year, Western Maryland defeated Lebanon Valley, 27-13, despite 127 rushing yards from the Flying Dutchmen's then-freshman running back, Greg Kohler. The Flying Dutchmen are allowing 404 yards and 39 points a game. These teams have one common opponent: Juniata defeated Western Maryland, 25-8, and Lebanon Valley, 56-12.

Dickinson (4-3, 2-2) at Johns Hopkins (5-2, 3-1)

Site: Homewood Field

Time: 1: 30 p.m.

Outlook: Hopkins is tied for second place in the Centennial Conference, a game ahead of Dickinson. Last Saturday, the Blue Jays posted their second straight shutout, a 17-0 non-conference win over Bridgewater. Hopkins leads the series with Dickinson, 25-20-4, but is 0-8-1 since 1987. Dickinson's 56-12 rout of Swarthmore last weekend broke a three-game losing streak. The Red Devils are first in the conference in rushing (234.4 ypg) and second in total offense (342.9 ypg).

Florida A&M (6-1) at Morgan State (3-4)

Site: Hughes Stadium

Time: 3 p.m.

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Outlook: Morgan (1-3 in MEAC) has lost three in a row, including last Saturday's 35-14 homecoming defeat to Delaware State, and now must contend with the league-leading Rattlers, ranked No. 1 in the SBN Black College football poll. The Bears' fast start is beginning to look like a distant memory. Injuries, mistakes and a lack of discipline at crucial moments are hurting them. Senior Otis Covington, who came off the bench against Delaware State and completed 20 of 39 passes for 274 yards and two third-quarter touchdowns, should start. He'll need more help from a rushing attack that generated minus-5 yards last weekend. Morgan trails this series 7-2. It's homecoming for Florida A&M, which hasn't played since a 47-26 win over Delaware State on Oct. 19.

Maryland (4-4, 2-3) vs. Clemson (4-3, 3-2)

Site: Memorial Stadium, Clemson, S.C., 3: 30

TV: Ch. 2, 7

Radio: WBAL (1090 AM)

Outlook: The Terps haven't won at Death Valley since 1985, and they haven't scored there since 1991. Clemson blanked the Terps at home in 1993 and '94, and a 17-0 win at Byrd Stadium last year made it three straight shutouts over Maryland. The Terps will be bolstered by the return of QB Brian Cummings, who has missed two of their past four games with injuries. Raymond Priester has averaged 140.5 yards rushing in Clemson's four wins, 47.3 in the three losses.

Pub Date: 11/02/96

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