Today's games

November 21, 1998|By Christian Ewell, Bill Free and Alan Goldstein

Southern Methodist (4-7) at Navy (3-6)

Site: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis

Time: Noon

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

Outlook: Navy will be trying to end a two-game losing streak and bounce back from a 30-0 rout by Notre Dame last Saturday, when it was limited to 239 yards total offense. Senior DT and co-captain Jason Snider suffered a bruised spleen and will miss the final two games. SMU started the season with four straight defeats, including overtime losses to Rice and Mississippi. The Mustangs have won three of their past five, but were drubbed by Colorado State, 32-10, last Saturday. Junior RB Rodnick Phillips (964) poses the biggest threat in SMU's I-formation. The Mustangs have displayed a balanced attack with 1,713 yards rushing and 1,560 passing. An improved defense has allowed an average of 13 points in the past seven games.

N.C. State (6-3, 4-2) at Maryland (3-7, 1-6)

Site: Byrd Stadium, College Park

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WBAL (AM 1090)

Outlook: Two of the top linebackers in the history of Maryland football, seniors Eric Barton (399 tackles for fifth place on school's all-time list) and Kendall Ogle (341 tackles for 10th all-time), will play their final game today. They and their teammates will have to find a way to stop two of the ACC's most explosive players, junior QB Jamie Barnette and senior WR Torry Holt. Barnette leads the ACC in total offense with 295.7 yards a game and was touted earlier this month by The Sporting News as the nation's most underrated quarterback. Holt leads the ACC in receiving (71 catches), receiving yards (148.7 a game) and all-purpose yards (181.8 a game). Holt is second on the all-time ACC receiving yardage list with 3,113 and second in career touchdowns with 30. N.C. State stunned then-No. 2 Florida State, 24-7, on Sept. 12. The Wolfpack and Virginia own the only two ACC wins over the Seminoles since they began play in the league in 1992. Maryland coach Ron Vanderlinden will most likely start Randall Jones at quarterback today after Jones had a superb day in a 42-25 victory over Duke last week, ending the Terps' 11-game ACC losing streak. Jones raced 75 yards for a touchdown, Maryland's longest run from scrimmage in 16 years. He wound up with 11 carries for 115 yards and threw two touchdown passes.

Towson (5-5, 1-4) at Bucknell (5-5, 2-3)

Site: Christy Mathewson Stadium, Lewisburg, Pa.

Time: 12: 30 p.m.

Radio/TV: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Outlook: Both teams have been out of the Patriot League race for about a month, so neither team can claim aspiration even to a spoiler role. But only one of the teams will come out with a losing record. For Towson, which finished 2-8 last season, a winning season would be a triumph and -- as its first since 1996 -- a step in the right direction. Coming off a 10-0 season in 1997, a six-win finish would be disappointing enough for Bucknell. If momentum can be a gauge, Towson would seem to have the edge after delivering strong efforts in its past three games, winning two. Meanwhile, Bucknell -- which beat the Tigers, 33-0, at Minnegan last year -- lost, 49-7, to league champion Lehigh last week.

Western Maryland (10-0) at Trinity (10-0)

NCAA Division III playoffs

Site: E.M. Stevens Stadium, San Antonio

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio/TV: WTTR (1470 AM)

Outlook: For the second year in a row, the Green Terror must regroup after an emotional victory over Johns Hopkins to get ready for the NCAA playoffs. The Green Terror will find a pass-happy Trinity team that averages 39.7 points. Tigers QB Mike Burton has thrown for 3,013 yards and 32 touchdowns, and his team has won 31 of its past 32 games since 1996. Both teams fell at Lycoming in last season's playoffs, Western Maryland in the first round and Trinity in the second. The Western Maryland running attack, which is good for nearly 200 yards a game, will be tested by a defense that allows fewer than 60 yards per game on the ground.

Hampton (8-2, 6-1) at Morgan State (1-9, 1-6)

Site: Hughes Stadium

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio/TV: WEAA (89.7 FM)

Outlook: Morgan can give Florida A&M a hand in winning the MEAC championship by beating Hampton today. The Pirates, after beating Delaware State, 41-13, last week, are tied for the league lead with FAMU and Bethune-Cookman, who play each other today. Florida A&M wins the MEAC and the NCAA Division I-AA automatic bid if it wins and Hampton loses. Last week, Morgan was drubbed by Howard, 69-3.

Pub Date: 11/21/98

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