Today's games

October 30, 1999|By Chris Ewell, Bill Free and Kent Baker

Towson (6-2) at Lehigh (7-0)

Site: Goodman Stadium, Bethlehem, Pa.

Time: 12: 30 p.m.

Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Series record: Lehigh leads 6-0

Outlook: The Tigers, trying to get a leg up in the Patriot League (4-0), will have their hands full against the seventh-ranked Engineers (2-0). Lehigh, now holding the longest regular-season winning streak in Division I at 19 games, is averaging 505 yards of offense and 47 points a game. Towson's defense, which has been solid all year, will need to be at its best to stop a Lehigh team that won last year's meeting, 55-7.

Duke (1-6) at Maryland (5-2)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Byrd Stadium

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

Series record: Maryland leads, 25-17

Outlook: Maryland will get an emotional lift today with the return of senior defensive end Erwyn Lyght to his starting position, just one week after he escaped what was first thought to be a possible spinal injury after a scary helmet-to-helmet collision with Peter Timmins. Lyght had a sore neck most of the week and was held out of contact drills for three days. But he has been cleared to play today along with junior free safety Shawn Forte, who missed last week's game with a pinched nerve in his shoulder. Forte won't start, however, as sophomore Randall Jones gets the call for a second straight week. Jones, who's switched from quarterback to safety, was superb last week in his first career start at free safety, making 13 tackles. Duke's sophomore running back, B. J. Hill, returned to action last week in a 31-24 overtime loss to N.C. State after being slowed by pulled quadriceps muscles most of the first six games. This is the next-to-last home game for the Terps. Tickets can be purchased online at www.Ticketmaster.com, any Ticketmaster outlet, and at the Maryland ticket office at Cole Field House.

Widener (5-2) at

Western Maryland (7-0)

Site: Bair Stadium, Westminster

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: None

Series record: Widener leads 18-11

Outlook: Widener faltered in its games against top-level Division III teams -- combined 58-7 deficit to Lycoming and Susquehanna -- and Western Maryland (ranked No. 7) hopes to have the same result. The Green Terror is looking for its 28th straight regular-season win after shutting out Franklin & Marshall last week, 19-0. Western Maryland and Widener last met in 1980, when the Pioneers won, 49-7.

Fayetteville State (1-7) at Bowie State (4-3)

Site: Bulldog Stadium, Bowie

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: None

Series record: Fayetteville State leads 10-7-1

Outlook: The Bulldogs (3-2 league) are looking for their fourth straight win, and will likely get it against a struggling Fayetteville team (1-4) that lost, 31-20, to an unimpressive Johnson C. Smith last week. Bowie is coming off a 26-25 overtime victory against North Carolina Central, won on a 14-yard touchdown run by T-Wuan Prather. Quarterback Jimmy Whitehead threw for 251 yards and a touchdown.

Salisbury State (2-4) at Wesley (4-3)

Site: Wolverine Stadium, Dover, Del.

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WICO (1320 AM)

Series record: Salisbury State leads 5-4

Outlook: The Sea Gulls (2-1 Atlantic Central Football Conference) look for their first win over Wesley since 1995, having dropped the last three in the series, and have had a week off since a 35-14 loss to College of New Jersey on Oct. 16. The Wolverines (2-1) have won two straight, the latest a 34-20 win at Methodist last week, and are averaging four touchdowns a game. Salisbury's Myron Dent is averaging 122 rushing yards a game.

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

Site: Biddle Field, Carlisle, Pa.

Time: 1: 30 p.m.

Radio: None

Series record: Johns Hopkins leads 26-22-4

Outlook: There's still hope for the Blue Jays (2-2 league) in the Centennial Conference race, though it's fading fast. They need to win the rest of their games, and hope that Western Maryland loses to Swarthmore. Now, Hopkins needs to break out of a three-game losing streak, a tough task against a Dickinson team (2-2) it has beaten once in the past nine meetings.

Navy (2-5) at Notre Dame (4-3)

Site: Notre Dame Stadium

Time: 2: 30 p.m.

TV/Radio: Ch. 11/WNAV (1430 AM), WJFK (1300 AM), WMAL (630 AM)

Series record: Notre Dame leads, 62-9-1

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