Today's games

October 16, 1999|By Christian Ewell and Bill Free

Clemson (2-3) at Maryland (4-1)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Byrd Stadium

TV/Radio: None/WBAL (1090 AM), WTTR (1470 AM)

Series Record: Clemson leads, 25-20-2

Outlook: If Maryland hopes to end a six-game losing streak (11 losses in past 12) against the Tigers, the Terps' offensive line will have to continue its outstanding play. RG Jamie Wu, LT Brad Messina and company have allowed only two sacks in the first five games, but now they face a Clemson defense that leads the Atlantic Coast Conference in sacks with 21. The Tigers lost their starting quarterback, Brandon Streeter, with a broken collarbone two weeks ago, but backup Woody Dantzler has seen a lot of action in his two years at the school. Dantzler started last week in a 35-31 loss to N.C. State and threw for a career-high 284 yards and two TDs. Dantzler is more of a running threat than Streeter, presenting more problems for Maryland. Said Maryland coach Ron Vanderlinden: "That Clemson defense keeps coming and coming at you. I believe they're getting better and better every week." As an added attraction for Maryland fans today, Baby Terrapin bean bags will be given to the first 5,000 fans.

J ohns Hopkins (3-2) at Muhlenberg (4-1)

Site: Muhlenberg Stadium, Muhlenberg, Pa.

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: None

Series: Tied 15-15-1

Outlook: The Blue Jays (2-1 league) lost their Centennial Conference cushion by falling at home to Ursinus last Friday, 20-18. They now enter a win-or-else scenario against Muhlenberg (3-1), which appears to be the second-best team in the league after a 35-0 win over Swarthmore. The Mules nearly beat Western Maryland, and they are riding the arm of quarterback Mike McCabe, who has 14 touchdown passes. Hopkins running back Adam Gentile had a nice return in the loss to Ursinus, rushing for 95 yards on 22 carries.

Western Maryland (5-0) at Dickinson (3-2)

Site: Biddle Field, Carlisle, Pa.

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: None

Series: Western Maryland leads 29-24-1

Outlook: The No. 7-ranked Green Terror (3-0 league) hasn't lost a Centennial Conference game since the end of the 1996 season. The only stat suggesting the end of that streak today is that Dickinson (1-1) has won six of the past seven games the two teams have played at Biddle Field. Despite the Red Devils' 31-26 win over Franklin & Marshall (381 rushing yards), the outlook isn't promising against a Western Maryland team with two weeks' rest. The Green Terror lead the league in total offense, and also lead every team defensive category.

Towson (4-2) at Howard (2-3)

Site: Greene Stadium, Washington, D.C.

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Series: Towson leads, 4-2

Outlook: Howard went three overtimes with Florida A&M, which won by eight touchdowns over Morgan State, which beat Towson last week. So the Tigers might have their work cut out for them as they try to rebound from an outing in which it took 30 minutes to turn an almost-certain win into a loss. In the past two weeks, Towson's offense has collected more than 1,000 yards of offense -- including 481 passing yards from Joe Lee one week, and Jason Corle's 193 rushing yards the next. But only 36 points came of it.

Frostburg State (5-0) at SUNY Brockport (2-3)

Site: Special Olympics Stadium, Brockport, N.Y.

Time: 1: 30 p.m.

Radio: WFRB (560 AM)

Series Standing: Brockport leads 4-3

Outlook: The Bobcats will be the fourth straight top-15 opponent for Brockport, which hasn't won a game since a 13-10 triumph over Plymouth State on Sept. 18. Frostburg State moved to No. 12 in Division III after scoring six second-half touchdowns in beating Wesley, 42-17. Tailback Craig Hopkins earned ACFC offensive honors after scoring four of those touchdowns.

Bowie State (2-3) at Elizabeth City State (0-6)

Site: Roebuck Stadium, Elizabeth City, N.C.

Time: 1: 30 p.m.

Radio: None

Series: Elizabeth City State leads 10-6

Outlook: The Bulldogs (1-2 league) might see some improvement in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association against the Vikings (0-4), who are still looking for their first win after a 40-6 loss to Virginia Union. Last season, Bowie State won this matchup, 20-19, and enters this game after a bye week. Quarterback Jimmy Whitehead will play, although he missed most of the practices because of swelling in his throwing arm.

Salisbury State (2-3) at College of New Jersey (1-3)

Site: Lions Stadium, Trenton, N.J.

Time: 2 p.m.

TV/Radio: WICO (1320 AM)

Series: Tied 8-8

Outlook: The Sea Gulls hope to build their first winning streak of the season, after a 31-27 win over Chowan last weekend. Myron Dent had 245 yards on 32 carries, and Salisbury rallied with two touchdowns in the final 13 minutes to break a two-game losing streak. Linebacker Anthony Parker came up with 12 tackles to win defensive honors in the ACFC. New Jersey has dropped the past three games after winning its opener.

North Carolina A&T (4-1) vs.

Morgan State (2-3)

Site: PSINet Stadium, Baltimore

Time: 3: 30 p.m.

TV/Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Series: Morgan State leads, 32-30-3

Outlook: After beating Towson, the Bears (0-2 league) hope to grab consecutive wins for the first time since 1997, and also get their first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference win of this season. Last week, Morgan State discovered another big-play guy in Armand Walters, who had 129 receiving yards and two touchdown receptions. The Aggies (2-0) enter the game after a convincing victory over nationally ranked Hampton, in which they ran for 251 yards. A&T has won the past nine meetings, but the past two games have been decided by a combined three points.

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