Today's games

November 01, 1997|By Bill Free, Paul McMullen and Alan Goldstein

|TC Virginia (4-3, 3-2) at Maryland (2-6, 1-4)

Site: Byrd Stadium, College Park

Time: Noon

TV/Radio: Chs. 13, 9/WBAL (1090 AM), WJFK (106.7 FM)

Outlook: The Cavaliers expect to win their third straight at Byrd Stadium, which would be a Virginia first. George Welsh's team has won the games it was supposed to, while losing to No. 3 Florida State, No. 5 North Carolina and No. 11 Auburn. QB Aaron Brooks has recovered from the ankle sprain that knocked him out of last week's loss to the Seminoles, but Virginia's offense hasn't been much better than Maryland's. The Cavaliers need to rediscover their rushing game, while the Terps have to be better in the second half, when they've been outscored 125-27. It's the last Byrd Stadium appearance for 20 Maryland seniors, and Virginia is one of two ACC teams they have never beaten, Florida State being the other. Virginia has outscored the Terps 159-86 in the past five meetings.

Towson (2-5) at Fordham (2-6)

Site: Jack Coffey Field, New York

Time: 12: 30 p.m.

Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Outlook: The Tigers are faced with must wins in their final three games to prevent Gordy Combs from having his first losing season in six years as a head coach at the school. It's been a long and frustrating season for Combs, who has had an ineligible player cost Towson a total of three games. The Tigers seemed lost last week in a 38-0 setback to Lafayette when sophomore TB Jason Corle was limited to 16 yards rushing after entering the game as the Patriot League's second-leading rusher at 127.7 yards a game.

Salisbury State (2-4) at Western Maryland (7-0)

Site: Scott S. Bair Stadium

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: The Green Terror continues to climb higher in the USA )) Division III national rankings. Western Maryland is No. 12 in the country this week, up from No. 15. The Green Terror's unbeaten streak also keeps the team in contention for the school's first ever trip to the Division III playoffs. Western Maryland is ranked fifth in the South Region this week in a poll conducted by the

NCAA Division III football committee, with the top four teams in the South receiving bids to the playoffs. The Green Terror is heavily favored to win in its first meeting with Salisbury State today and next week against Swarthmore before the traditional season finale against Johns Hopkins. Western Maryland is shooting for the fourth unbeaten and third perfect season in school history. The Green Terror was 11-0 in 1929, 9-0-1 in 1930 and 8-0 in 1951.

Johns Hopkins (6-1) at Dickinson (4-3)

Site: Biddle Field, Carlisle, Pa.

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: Along with Western Maryland, Johns Hopkins is one of the state's most successful teams this season. The Blue Jays will try to avoid upsets today and next week against Franklin & Marshall to set up a season-ending showdown against Western Maryland on Nov. 15 in Westminster. That game is expected to decide the Centennial Conference championship. Hopkins is 4-0 the Centennial and can move into a first-place tie with 5-0 Western Maryland today with a win.

Bowie State (4-4) at Virginia State (5-2)

Site: Rogers Stadium, Petersburg, Va.

Time: 1 p.m.

Outlook: Bowie State was rolling along with a three-game winning streak before Fayetteville State came to town last week and spoiled homecoming with a 14-7 victory over the Bulldogs. ** Bowie was defeated last year by Virginia State, 25-3, and the Bulldogs face another tough game this season, as the Trojans are ranked ninth in the Sheridan Black College poll. Bowie FS Ray Cannon has been superb throughout the last four games and returned an interception 63 yards last week to set up the lone touchdown. Other top Bulldogs defenders have been DE Shamar Foster and DT Mike Cox.

Navy (3-3) at Notre Dame (3-5)

Site: Notre Dame Stadium, South Bend, Ind.

Time: 1: 30 p.m.

TV/Radio: Ch. 11/WWLG (1360 AM), WNAV (1430 AM)

Outlook: The Midshipmen will be trying to end an NCAA-record 33-game losing streak against the Irish. Both teams need to win to keep their bowl hopes alive. Last season in Ireland, Notre Dame held Navy QB Chris McCoy to minus-yards rushing. McCoy has averaged 93 yards a game rushing this season and scored eight touchdowns. After dropping four straight under new head coach Bob Davie, the Irish have sandwiched lopsided victories over Pittsburgh and Boston College around a 20-17 loss to Southern California. Fifth-year senior QB Ron Powlus holds most of the school's passing records, but now finds himself alternating with junior Jarious Jackson. Navy ranks eighth in the nation defensively, but will have trouble controlling junior RB Autry Denson (819 yards rushing), who riddled the Mids for 123 yards and two touchdowns last fall.

Morgan State (3-4) vs. Florida A&M (5-2)

Site: Chris Gilman Stadium, Kingsland, Ga.

Time: 3 p.m.

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Outlook: This was supposed to be a home game for the Bears, but the game was moved to coach Stump Mitchell's home town and the high school stadium where he played. A crowd of 15,000 is expected to watch this Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game that jut might feature both head coaches sitting in the press box and calling the shots. Florida A&M coach Billy Joe has been running his teams from the press box for 15 years, while Mitchell coached last week's 14-7 victory over Delaware State from the press box after having several run-ins with former players and alumni the week before during a 7-6 homecoming loss to North Carolina A&T. Morgan will be out to avenge last year's 83-12 loss to Florida A&M in Tallahassee.

Pub Date: 11/01/97

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