Today's games

September 18, 1999|By Bill Free, Kent Baker and Christian Ewell

Today's games

W. Virginia (1-1) at Maryland (2-0)

Site: Byrd Stadium

Time: Noon

TV/Radio: ESPN2/WBAL (1090 AM), WTTR (1470)

Outlook: If one listens to West Virginia coach Don Nehlen talk, it would be easy to believe the Mountaineers never ran all over Maryland the past three years by a combined score of 86-34, and his team is the underdog in this matchup. Nehlen said this week: "Maryland is doing it right. They've always been well-coached and now they're getting better players, and they have a lot of players back up front. [LaMont] Jordan is an excellent player. He's big-league and I've always been impressed with him. I think this [quarterback Calvin] McCall kid has a chance to be pretty darn good. He runs the option well, has a powerful arm and he's an athlete." And what about West Virginia? "We're a young and inexperienced team on the offensive and defensive lines. Our tackling is a problem. I've found out that you're in trouble when they put the ball in somebody's belly and he's down the field while half our safeties are still at the line of scrimmage. We haven't done much good on defense this year."

Boston College (1-0) at Navy (1-1)

Site: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis

Time: Noon

TV/Radio: HTS/WNAV (1430 AM), WJFK (1300 AM), WMAL (630 AM)

Series record: Boston College leads, 13-11

Outlook: Boston College looks for revenge after Navy erased an 18-point fourth-quarter deficit to win last year, 32-31, in Boston. The Midshipmen faces a big Eagles offensive line, which paved the way for 350 rushing yards against Baylor, 177 by Cedric Washington. But it is a young BC team overall, and Navy had an attitude adjustment before trouncing Kent a week ago. Big plays rescued the Midshipmen in their matchup last season; this time Navy must run well out of the triple-option offense and use a familiar formula -- ball control and hard-hitting defense -- to overcome the Eagles' size advantage.

Towson (2-0) at Bucknell (2-0)

Site: Christy Matthewson Memorial Stadium.

Time: 12: 30 p.m.

TV/Radio: WTMD (89.7)

Series: Bucknell leads 6-5

Outlook: After opening with one team mired in mediocrity (Monmouth) and another headed there (Lafayette), the Tigers face a tougher test from Bucknell than was anticipated when the season began. The Bison, after executing the expected rout of Morgan State, scored a surprising road win last week by beating then-ranked Colgate. The 21-16 final was misleading, as Bucknell held the Red Raiders to a field goal until the last five minutes of the game. Towson's run defense, sterling in the first two weeks, can settle a score from last season, when the Bison ran for 481 yards in a 46-13 game. On offense, the Tigers are averaging nearly 500 yards a game, with Joe Lee ranking in the top 20 nationally in passing efficiency, passing yards and total offense.

Frostburg State (1-0) at W. Virginia Institute Tech (0-3)

Site: Martin Field, Montgomery, W.V.

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WFRB (560 AM)

Series: West Virginia Tech leads 4-3.

Outlook: For the second straight week, the Bobcats face a team from a higher division. Last week, Frostburg came away with a 22-16 win over I-AA Central Connecticut State, and Division II West Virginia Tech might be an easier mark. The Golden Bears suffered a 61-0 loss to East Tennessee State (lifting the Buccaneers into the top 25 in I-AA), and losses of 35-0 and 49-19 to West Virginia State and Virginia-Wise before that. In beating the Blue Devils, the Bobcats got 96 yards and two touchdowns from running back DeNelle Hale.

Methodist (0-2) at Salisbury State (0-1)

Site: Sea Gull Stadium, Salisbury

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WICO (1320 AM)

Series: Salisbury leads 5-3

Outlook: Last week, the Sea Gulls lost a third-quarter lead in a 20-13 setback against Alfred, while Methodist lost a 21-14 decision to Guilford. In 1998, Salisbury out-gained the Monarchs by 100 yards, but lost the game for the second straight season. Sea Gulls running back Myron Dent ran for 138 yards in that game.

Western Maryland (2-0) at Gettysburg (0-2)

Site: Musselman Stadium, Gettysburg, Pa.

Time: 1 p.m.

TV/Radio: None

Series: Gettysburg leads 41-10-1

Outlook: The game -- the 53rd meeting in a series that dates to 1891 -- presents an opportunity to witness two of the top offensive talents in the Centennial Conference. Quarterback Ron Sermarini has been voted the league's top player in each of the past two seasons, his Western Maryland teammates going 20-2 over that span. Only wins have separated Sermarini and Gettysburg running back Paul Smith, the league's leading rusher in each of the past two seasons. Alas, the game between the teams might not be as compelling as the personal matchup. The Green Terror has outscored the Bullets, 83-17, in the past two contests. Last week, Western Maryland dominated a Randolph-Macon team (28-7) that had beaten Gettysburg, 54-20, the week before.

Bowie State (1-1) at Johnson C. Smith (0-2)

Site: Memorial Stadium, Charlotte, N.C.

Time: 6 p.m.

TV/Radio: None

Outlook: Even coming off a 41-0 loss to Millersville (Pa.), Bowie State looks to be in better shape than the Golden Bulls, who lost, 27-6, against Virginia State last week. The Bulldogs need a strong performance on the road to erase the memories of their performance at Millersville, where they created 149 yards of offense. The bright spot was T-Wuan Prather, who won Defensive Back of the Week honors in the CIAA after recording 12 tackles. Pub Date: 9/18/99

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