Today's games

October 03, 1998|By Christian Ewell, Bill Free, Alan Goldstein

No. 16 West Virginia (2-1)

at Navy (1-2)

Time: Noon

Site: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis.

TV: HTS

Radio: WJFK (1300 AM), WNAV (1430 AM)

Outlook: Navy, which was tormented by the passing of Brian Kuklick and Shaun King in losses to Wake Forest and Tulane, faces the double threat of West Virginia QB Marc Bulger (64-for-98, 778 yards, seven TDs) and the explosive running of Amos Zereoue (67 carries for 404 yards, five TDs). The Mids will try to control the clock, using the running of QB Steve Holley (310 yards) and FB Irv Dingle (261), but will have difficulty if they fall behind early. Navy has not beaten a Top 25 team since upsetting second-ranked South Carolina 14 years ago.

No. 9 Florida State (3-1)

at Maryland (2-2)

Site: Byrd Stadium, College Park

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WBAL (1090 AM)

Outlook: For the second straight week, Maryland coach Ron Vanderlinden said he will alternate junior QB Ken Mastrole and freshman Randall Jones. Mastrole, a drop-back passer, started last week in a 30-20 victory over Temple, but Jones, an exciting option quarterback, came in on the third series. Mastrole and Jones were basically even in their all-around performances last week. Vanderlinden has not announced who will start today. Maryland will need another strong effort by sophomore TB LaMont Jordan (career-high 138 yards and two touchdowns last week) and superb blocking by an inexperienced offensive line to take the pressure off Mastrole and Jones. Look for a speedy and talented Florida State team to use a variety of blitzes that will include starting strongside LB Tommy Polley, a redshirt sophomore out of Dunbar. The Seminoles smashed Maryland, 50-7, last year and lead the series 8-0. This is the first time Florida State has played at Maryland since 1994, when the Seminoles won, 52-20. Maryland's 1996 home game against Florida State was played in the Orange Bowl.

Muhlenberg (0-3, 0-2)

at Western Maryland (4-0, 2-0)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Patterson Field, Westminster

Radio/TV: None

Outlook: For the Mules -- at or near the bottom of the Centennial Conference in every category -- an upset on the road seems unlikely, though they led league co-leader Franklin & Marshall last week until the last 41 seconds before losing, 31-28. The Green Terror hasn't allowed for any drama in its games, beating foes by nearly 30 points per game, including last week's 41-7 win over Ursinus. Led by Tommy Salecky and Tom Lapato, the defense is eighth in Division III, allowing 110 rushing yards per game. Muhlenburg's Jason Brader presents the main test, after running for 170 yards on 32 carries against the Green Terror last year.

Virginia Union (3-1, 1-1)

at Bowie State (1-2, 0-2)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Bulldog Stadium, Bowie

Radio/TV: None

Outlook: Last season, Virginia Union scored the first 28 points on the way to a 38-14 rout of the Bulldogs. In this match, both teams would relish any type of scoring, as they were shut out last week, Bowie by Livingstone College, 14-0, and Virginia Union by Winston-Salem State, 21-0. The Bulldogs have lost consecutive games and a continuation of the streak would damage their hopes of repeating the .500 finish from last season. While the defense has been yielding only 209.7 yards, the offense has struggled, gaining only 208 yards against Livingstone.

Frostburg State (3-0, 1-0)

at Chowan (1-3, 0-1)

Time: 1: 30 p.m.

Site: Jim Garrison Stadium, Murfreesboro, N.C.

Radio/TV: WFRB (560 AM)

Outlook: Though Frostburg struggled on the road last season (1-3), Chowan comes into the game at the bottom of the Atlantic Central Football Conference standings, and off a 34-7 non-conference loss to Randolph-Macon. The goal for Chowan will be to score, as it has been shut out in four of the past five meetings against Frostburg, getting on the board last in a 20-9 defeat in 1995. RB Brandon Walker will lead the Bobcats' offense, averaging 98.3 yards, including a 33-carry, 115-yard performance in last week's 17-14 win over cross-state rival Salisbury State. A Frostburg win would yield the school's first 4-0 start since 1994.

Towson (3-1, 1-1)

at Holy Cross (1-2, 0-0)

Time: 3 p.m.

Site: Fitton Field, Worcester, Mass.

Radio/TV: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Outlook: After notching their first official Patriot League victory, 35-34 over Fordham last week, the Tigers go north to play the team they thought they had beaten for their first league win. Towson beat the Crusaders, 27-7, last season, but forfeited the game after discovering and reporting that it had used an ineligible player. To repeat the initial result, the Tigers will rely on Jason Corle, who leads the league in rushing with 127 yards per game, including 239 yards in the win over Fordham. On the other side, Holy Cross has the second-best run defense in the country, giving up 49.3 yards per game, though much of that was built against Division III Georgetown (minus 5 yards on 33 carries).

Morgan State (0-3, 0-2)

at South Carolina State (2-1, 0-0)

Time: 6 p.m.

Site: Oliver C. Dawson Stadium, Orangeburg, S.C.

Radio/TV: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Outlook: It's never pretty when a reeling team has to go on the road, but that's what Morgan State must do after losing to Norfolk State in overtime last week. The Bears, leading the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference in rushing offense, will be without RB Ali Culpepper and will rely on Jay Hinton, who ran for 172 yards in last week's loss. The passing game -- weak to begin with (72.09 team efficiency rating) -- will do without leading WR Anthony Collins while going against the MEAC's best defense. The Bulldogs come into their first MEAC game after beating Division II school Johnson C. Smith, 14-0, at home.

Pub Date: 10/03/98

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