Today's games

September 08, 2001|By Christian Ewell,Kent Baker, Bill Free

E. Michigan (1-0) at Maryland (1-0)

Site: Byrd Stadium, College Park

Time: 6 p.m.

Radio: WBAL (1090 AM), WTEM (980 AM)

Series: First meeting.

Last week: Eastern Michigan beat Southeast Missouri State, 16-12. Maryland beat North Carolina, 23-7.

Outlook: Special teams are the main strength for Eastern Michigan, which got two field goals from Eric Klaban and another from Toller Starnes in the win over Southeast Missouri State, a Division I-AA team. Freshman tailback Chris Roberson ran for 101 yards on 18 carries in the win, including the game-winning score. Troy Edwards will probably start at quarterback for Eastern Michigan, as Jeff Crooks continues to recover from an arm injury. Maryland will look to improve its offensive output of 247 total yards in the North Carolina game, 65 percent of those coming on the ground.

Georgia Tech (2-0) at Navy (0-1)

Site: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis

Time: Noon

Series: Georgia Tech leads, 15-9

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

Last week: Georgia Tech beat The Citadel, 35-7; Navy lost to Temple, 45-26

Line: Georgia Tech by 25

Outlook: Navy is bidding for its first victory against a ranked opponent since Sept. 20, 1985, when it stunned No. 20 Virginia, 17-13. The Yellow Jackets come in at No. 10 with wins over Syracuse and The Citadel in which they permitted just one touchdown each. They are ranked seventh nationally in scoring defense and 18th in total defense with a unit led by DEs Greg Gathers and Nick Rogers and LB Daryl Smith. QB George Godsey continues his recovery from off-season knee surgery. He has a talented pair of running mates in All America candidate Kelly Campbell at WR and TB Joe Burns.There will be few personnel changes for the Midshipmen, who haven't beaten an Atlantic Coast Conference team since surprising Tech, 36-26, five years ago.

Lafayette (0-0) at Towson (0-1)

Site: Minnegan Stadium

Time: 1 p.m.

Series: Towson leads, 3-2

Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Outlook: It's been all bad news for the Tigers this season. They not only lost the season opener to Albany, 14-10, last week on the road, but they discovered Monday that senior All-America WR Jamal White would be out for six weeks after surgery for a fractured ring finger. White broke the finger late last week in practice, but his status wasn't determined until the surgery.

Wash. & Lee (0-0) at J. Hopkins (0-0)

Site: Homewood Field

Time: Noon

Series: W&L leads, 6-4-1

Outlook: Jim Margraff (60-47-3 in 11 seasons) can become the all-time winningest football coach in Hopkins history with a win today. The Blue Jays enter their opener with two first-team All-Centennial Conference picks from last year - senior WR Zach Baylin and senior RB Scott Martorana leading the way.

Salisbury (1-0) at Wm. Paterson (0-0)

Site: Wightman Field, Wayne, N.J.

Time: 1.30 p.m.

Series: Salisbury leads, 4-1

Radio: WICO (1320 AM)

Outlook: Salisbury's already potent ground game got even better last week when backup junior FB Sean Montpetit received his first career start and rushed for 100 yards on 18 carries. Montpetit started in place of an injured Reggie Boyce, who was out with a knee injury.

Winston-Salem (1-1) at Bowie St. (0-1)

Site: Bulldogs Stadium, Bowie

Time: 1 p.m.

Series: Winston-Salem leads, 10-4

Outlook: Bowie nearly pulled off some last-minute heroics last week before falling to Johnson C. Smith in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association duel. The Bulldogs were hurt by 17 penalties for 138 yards and a sputtering QB Dante Harris, who was replaced by Kerris Faison. But Harris will start again today against a strong Winston-Salem State team.

Morgan St. (0-1) at Fla. A&M (1-0)

Site: Bragg Memorial Stadium, Tallahassee, Fla.

Time: 7 p.m.

Series: Florida A&M leads, 13-3

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Outlook: After throwing a scare into Bethune-Cookman in Daytona Beach (a 35-24 Morgan setback), the Bears will be out to upset perennial league power, Florida A&M. The Rattlers have won three of the past six Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championships and are ranked No. 11 nationally in Division 1-AA. RB Ali Culpepper has suddenly stirred the emotions of Morgan fans with his 197-yard rushing effort last week.

Susquehanna (0-0) at W. Maryland (0-1)

Site: Bair Stadium, Westminster

Time: 1 p.m.

Series: Susquehanna leads, 5-3

Radio: WTTR (1470 AM)

Outlook: Susquehanna has won 11 straight openers under coach Steve Briggs, but the veteran coach calls this game "as tough an opener as we've ever had." The Terror left its coaching staff numb with disappointment after losing its season opener to Bridgewater last week, 29-20. Failure to make the big plays offensively and defensively marred the day for coach Tom Keating. Even QB Jamie "Boo" Harris couldn't produce a much-needed big fourth down play late in the game after passing for 232 yards and rushing for 115 yards.

Frostburg (0-0) at Marist (0-0)

Site: Leonidoff Field, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

Time: 7 p.m.

Series: First meeting

Radio: WFWM (91.9 FM)

Outlook: The Bobcats are building this year's team around an offensive line that includes LT Phil Wagner, LG Matt Smith, C Ryan Long, RT Chris Golliday and RG Jason Cutsail. With a strong line and a healthy RB DeNelle Hale, Frostburg is out to erase the memories of a 4-6 season last year. Hale is the only FSU two-sport standout to win championships in the Atlantic Central Football Conference (1999) and Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (basketball in 2001).

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