Today's gamesMaryland (5-3, 2-3) at N.C. State (5-4...

November 06, 1999|By Kent Baker, Bill Free, Christian Ewell

Today's games

Maryland (5-3, 2-3) at N.C. State (5-4, 2-4)

Time: Noon

Site: Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C.

TV/Radio: Ch. 24/WBAL (AM 1090), WTTR (AM 1470)

Series record: N.C. State leads, 26-24-4

Outlook: Maryland has backed itself into a corner by losing two of its past three at home. The Terps need a victory today to clinch a winning season and become eligible for a bowl. Leonard Klompus, chief executive officer of the Jeep Aloha/Oahu Christmas Day doubleheader in Honolulu, said this week that he would pencil in Maryland as the Atlantic Coast Conference's representative in that doubleheader if it beats the Wolfpack today. Last week's 25-22 setback to Duke at Byrd Stadium has taken some of the edge off a renewed excitement over the Terps. Look for this to be a high-scoring game, featuring N.C. State QB Jamie Barnette's passing and the running of Maryland's All-America candidate, LaMont Jordan. A few bumps and bruises slowed Jordan in practice early this week, but he should be close to 100 percent today. Jordan has 1,082 yards rushing this season and needs 278 to pass Charlie Wysocki for the Maryland single-season record. In his career at Maryland, Jordan has 2,677 yards, which places him third behind Wysocki and Steve Atkins.

Franklin & Marshall (1-7) at Johns Hopkins (3-5)

Site: Homewood Field, Baltimore

Time: 1 p.m.

TV/Radio: None

Series record: F&M leads, 33-15-2

Outlook: Johns Hopkins (2-3 Centennial Conference), which has lost four in a row heading into today, dropped a 37-21 decision to Dickinson last Saturday. Injuries have plagued the Blue Jays all season. F&M (1-4 league) barely got past Swarthmore, 17-15, for its first win of this season.

Ferrum (4-4) at Salisbury State (2-5)

Site: Sea Gull Stadium, Salisbury

Time: 1 p.m.

TV/Radio: WICO (1320 AM)

Series record: Ferrum leads, 4-3

Outlook: The Sea Gulls (2-2 Atlantic Central Football Conference) are playing at home for the first time in five weeks, having lost to Wesley, 14-7, last week. The Sea Gulls still have a shot at winning a share of the conference crown if they can win today and next week's season finale against co-conference leader Frostburg at PSI- Net Stadium. In last week's loss, quarterback Bryan Driskell provided a diversion from the exploits of running back Myron Dent (116 yards per game), completing 20 of 35 passes for 228 yards in a new shotgun attack. Ferrum (2-2 league) allows fewer points than any team in the ACFC.

Bowie State (5-3) at Virginia State (4-4)

Site: Roger Stadium, Petersburg, Va.

Time: 1 p.m.

TV/Radio: None

Series record: Virginia State leads, 10-2

Outlook: Last season, the Trojans foiled the Bulldogs' chances for a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship. Now, Virginia State (3-2 league) can block another goal for Bowie State (4-2), which is aiming for its first winning record in a decade. A win would also give Bowie third place outright in the CIAA. T-Wuan Prather ran 15 times for 134 yards and three touchdowns as the Bulldogs had 503 total yards in beating Fayetteville State, 40-21. Virginia State got 11 catches for 257 yards from Damon Thompson in a 31-27 loss to Virginia Union.

Dayton (6-3) at Towson (6-3)

Site: Minnegan Stadium, Towson

Time: 1 p.m.

TV/Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Series record: Dayton leads, 3-0

Outlook: The main task for Towson is to bounce back from an emotional game at Lehigh last week, in which it lost a late fourth-quarter lead in a 44-39 setback, effectively ending any hopes for a Patriot League title. In last year's Dayton game, Towson fell behind 27-0 over two quarters, then scored 42 second-half points in a one-point loss. Joe Lee's 567 passing yards last week is reason enough to show up today.

Greensboro (3-4) at Frostburg State (6-2)

Site: Bobcat Stadium, Frostburg

Time: 1 p.m.

TV/Radio: WFRB (560 AM)

Series record: Frostburg State leads, 3-0

Outlook: Three weeks ago, the Bobcats looked like a lock to make the NCAA Division III playoffs, even though the ACFC didn't have an automatic bid. Now, wins today and next week against Salisbury State are a must. Since climbing to No. 12 in the national coaches' poll, the Bobcats have dropped two straight, including a 43-31 loss at Kentucky Wesleyan last week. The offense scored enough points and gained 468 yards, but the defense gave up season highs in points and yardage (524). Greg Cooper had 12 catches to account for 180 of Jason Henry's career-high 369 passing yards.

Western Maryland (8-0) at Swarthmore (1-5)

Site: Clothier Fields, Swarthmore, Pa.

Time: 1 p.m.

TV/Radio: None

Series record: Western Maryland leads, 12-10-1

Outlook: Western Maryland (5-0) has 19 straight wins in the Centennial Conference. Swarthmore (0-5) has 30 straight losses in the same league. The Green Terror beat Widener, 57-20, to run its regular-season winning streak to 28 games. The Garnet Tide lost its fifth game in a row, 17-15, to Franklin & Marshall.

Morgan State (2-5) at Norfolk State (1-7)

Site: Dick Price Stadium, Norfolk, Va.

Time: 1: 30 p.m.

TV/Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

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