Today's games

September 16, 2000|By Christian Ewell, Kent Baker, Bill Free

Maryland (1-0) at West Virginia (1-0)

Site: Mountaineer Field

Time: Noon

Radio: WBAL (1090 AM), WTEM (930 AM)

TV: ESPN2

Series record: West Virginia leads, 18-17-2

Outlook: Maryland didn't click last week at home in front of 46,950 friendly faces at Byrd Stadium, so one has to wonder what will happen today at always-loud Mountaineer Field, where they are expecting a capacity crowd of 63,500. Temple won almost every statistical category last week against the Terps but lost the game, 17-10, thanks to 15 penalties for 99 yards. West Virginia coach Don Nehlen has built a successful program around defense, and he was crushed last year when that part of the game failed him badly. This year on offense, West Virginia has a talented running back in sophomore Avon Cobourne and a promising quarterback in junior Brad Lewis. Cobourne gained 132 yards on 29 carries in a season-opening 34-14 win over Boston College, and Lewis completed 7-of-19 for 166 yards against the surprised Eagles, who were picked to finish ahead of West Virginia in the Big East.

Morgan State (0-1) at Towson (2-0)

Site: Minnegan Stadium

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM), WTMD (89.7 FM)

Series: Towson leads, 9-4

Outlook: In the past two games since the series was renewed, each team has known what it's like to lose a game it should have won. In 1998, Morgan State invented penalties to commit -- 14 for 137 yards -- during a 15-10 loss. Last year, Towson was in position to put the game away after a fast start, then went on vacation during a 28-22 decision. Towson comes into the game following two wins over Patriot League doormats, the same MEAC role that Morgan State played against Florida A&M. Rushing could be a major factor in the game. Morgan's Ali Culpepper has had a good deal of success against the Tigers, rushing for 204 yards on 36 carries in the last two meetings. Noah Read leads a Towson attack that has gained more than 200 ground yards in its first two games.

Johns Hopkins (0-1, 0-0) at Swarthmore (1-0, 0-0)

Site: Clothier Field, Swarthmore, Pa.

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Series: Swarthmore leads, 47-34-3

Outlook: Swarthmore is still at the bottom of the Centennial Conference, but Hopkins' margins of victory have been dwindling in the series -- from 73 points to 42 to 34 last year. The Garnet Tide -- with a week's rest after a 28-6 win over Oberlin -- is also hosting, making it an interesting league opener for both teams. JHU will try to rebound from a 32-19 loss to Washington & Lee. Zach Baylin had 11 catches for 151 yards and two touchdowns in the defeat.

Gettysburg (0-2, 0-0) at Western Maryland (1-1, 0-0)

Site: Bair Stadium

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WTTR (1470 AM)

Series: Gettysburg leads 41-11-1

Outlook: Since Gettysburg fullback Paul Smith left, taking his 9,000 career all-purpose yards with him, the Bullets have gone to the air more often and quarterback Dennis Flaherty is averaging 36 attempts per game. Not that it's helped the bottom line at all, and it shouldn't against Western Maryland. The Green Terror defense held Randolph-Macon to fewer than 100 yards during a 21-0 win last weekend.

Bowie State (0-2) at Cheyney (1-0)

Site: O'Shields-Stevenson Stadium, Cheyney, Pa.

Time: 1 p.m.

Series: Bowie leads, 9-7

Outlook: Time heals all wounds, and Cheyney ends most losing streaks. Bowie State is in need of a cure after two losses to open the season, the latest by the score of 40-6 against Winston-Salem State last weekend. Cheyney, for its part, opened with a 32-22 win over Glenville State. The Bulldogs beat the Wolves in last year's meeting, 20-6.

Frostburg State (0-1) at Allegheny (0-2)

Site: Robertson Field, Meadville, Pa.

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WFWM (91.9 FM)

Series: Frostburg leads, 1-0

Outlook: Frostburg linebacker Chris Seguinot, who had 18 tackles in a 24-7 loss to Division I-AA Central Connecticut State last week, should get a workout against a Gator offense that averages nearly 250 rushing yards. The good news for Frostburg's offense -- which barely broke the 100-yard mark -- is that Allegheny allowed nearly 700 yards during a loss to Washington & Jefferson and has given up 1,234 yards over two games. This is the first meeting between the two teams since '82.

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

Site: Monarch Field, Fayetteville, N.C.

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WICO (1320 AM)

Series: Salisbury State leads, 5-4

Outlook: The game could be something of a defensive battle; both teams allow fewer than 15 points per game. Salisbury running back Tony Ellis, who ran for 163 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries in a 28-7 win over William Paterson, might have a tougher time against Methodist, which is giving up only 2.6 yards per carry. The Monarchs beat Guilford last week, 24-13.

Navy (0-1) at Georgia Tech (1-1)

Site: Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta

Time: 3:30 p.m.

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

Series: Georgia Tech leads, 14-9

Outlook: Navy has had two weeks to prepare for the Yellow Jackets after a distressing 17-6 opening loss to Temple, while Tech is fresh from a near-upset of No. 2 Florida State and is playing its third consecutive home game. The Midshipmen face a tough task offensively after gaining only 148 yards in total offense against Temple. Georgia Tech is loaded with 10 returning defensive starters and ranks 10th nationally in punting. Opponents have averaged just 40.5 yards a game rushing against the Tech defense. The Yellow Jackets rotate quarterbacks, with George Godsey (37-of-63, 378 yards, four touchdowns) getting the bulk of the time. Navy must get its option attack unwound behind an all-senior line that was ineffective two weeks ago.

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