Today's games

September 01, 2001|By Bill Free

Towson at Albany

Site: University Field, Albany, N.Y.

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Series: 1-1

Outlook: TB Noah Read racked up a Patriot League-leading 1,422 yards and 17 TDs last season. Val Troiani has won the starting quarterback job after a strong finish in the final five games last season. Troiani's top target will be All-American Jamal White. LBs Rusty McKinney and Sean Hendricks are the only starters back on defense for Towson.

Western Maryland at Bridgewater

Site: Jopson Field, Bridgewater, Va.

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WTTR (1470 AM)

Series: Western Maryland leads 14-6-1

Outlook: The Terror is still stinging a little from last year's 19-7 loss to Bridgewater, which ended a 30-game regular-season winning streak. Western Maryland QB Jamie "Boo" Harris will be in the middle of everything with his running (923 yards rushing last year) and passing (1,587 yards, 18 TDs).

Salisbury at Christopher Newport

Site: CNU Stadium, Newport News, Va.

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WICO (1320 AM)

Series: First meeting

Outlook: Three yards and a cloud of dust is the Salisbury motto, with RB Tony Ellis, who averaged 128.3 yards last season, and FB Reggie Boyce, who averaged 76.8 yards and scored 11 TDs.

Morgan State at Bethune-Cookman

Site: ALLTEL Stadium, Jacksonville, Fla.

Time: 7 p.m.

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Series: Bethune-Cookman leads, 12-3

Outlook: The Bears have been picked to finish eighth in the nine-team Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and have not won a conference game since 1998. Senior RB Ali Culpepper and senior WR Marc Lester are the top threats for the Bears. Bethune-Cookman was ranked 20th in the preseason Division I-AA poll.

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

Site: Memorial Stadium, Charlotte, N.C.

Time: 7 p.m.

Series: Johnson C. Smith leads, 11-5

Outlook: Bowie relies on the running of Julius Jordan and kick returner/wide receiver James Johnson. The Bowie defense is led by SS Kendall Stewart and DEs Gerald Washington and Charles Alston.

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