Today's games

September 29, 2001|By Christian Ewell and Bill Free

West Virginia (2-1) at Maryland (3-0)

Site: Byrd Stadium, College Park

Time: Noon

Radio: WBAL (1090 AM)

Series: Maryland leads, 19-17-2

Last game: Maryland defeated Wake Forest, 27-20; West Virginia defeated Kent State, 34-14

Outlook: This game was originally scheduled for Sept. 15, but was postponed because of the terrorist attacks. West Virginia is in far better shape than it would have been two weeks ago, as several key players have recovered from injuries, including the Big East's Rookie of the Year, linebacker Grant Wiley. Maryland has won its first three games, stopping Wake Forest, 27-20, on the road last week, while West Virginia has rebounded from a beating by Boston College in its season opener to win its past two games. The game showcases two quality running backs. Bruce Perry ran for 276 yards in Maryland's win over Wake Forest, while Avon Cobourne gained 181 yards for West Virginia in a win over Kent State.

W. Maryland (3-1) at Muhlenberg (3-1)

Site: Scotty Wood Stadium, Allentown, Pa.

Time: 1 p.m.

Series: Western Maryland leads, 15-13-3

Radio: WTTR (1470 AM)

Last game: Western Maryland defeated Ursinus, 35-9; Muhlenberg defeated Franklin & Marshall, 45-3

Outlook: This is a key early season matchup between two teams that are tied for first in the Centennial Conference and have totally dominated their two league opponents this season. But Muhlenberg has scored just a total of 20 points in the past three games against the Green Terror, which is ranked No. 15 this week in Division III. Western Maryland has won 30 straight league games, but Terror QB James "Boo" Harris (hamstring injury) is questionable for this game. A decision on his status won't be made until game time. Backup QB John Luster has a stinger and Joe Ellis, the team's second-leading receiver, is out with a broken bone in his hand.

Johns Hopkins (2-1) at Gettysburg (2-2)

Site: Musselman Stadium, Gettysburg, Pa.

Time: 1 p.m.

Series: Gettysburg leads, 18-8-2

Last game: Hopkins lost to Bridgewater, 50-27; Gettysburg defeated Averett, 61-6

Outlook: Despite the lopsided 50-27 loss to Division III power Bridgewater last week, Hopkins still received four votes outside of the top 25 in the Division III poll. Blue Jays freshman RB Adam Cook rolled up 172 all-purpose yards as he started in place of the injured Scott Martorana, who is also questionable for today's game. Hopkins RB Kevin Johnson also missed the game with an injury. Hopkins QB Rob Heleniak drew mixed reviews last week, completing 21 of 42 for 247 yards and two touchdowns, but he was intercepted three times.

Chowan (1-2) at Frostburg State (1-1)

Site: Bobcat Stadium

Time: 1 p.m.

Series: Frostburg leads, 7-1

Radio: WFWM (91.9 FM)

Last game: Frostburg State lost to Brockport State, 45-16; Chowan defeated Newport News Apprentice, 30-28

Outlook: DeNelle Hale (Dunbar) continues to carry the offensive load for the Bobcats, but his 163 yards rushing and 60 yards on punt returns weren't nearly enough in a 45-16 loss to Brockport State last week. Hale is ranked 19th nationally (Division III) in all-purpose yards with 177 a game and he is 15th in the country with 15.0 yards a punt return. DT George O'Brien is tied for second nationally with 2.0 sacks a game and he is eighth in the nation in tackles for losses (2.5) a game.

Bowie State (1-2) at Virginia Union (2-1)

Site: Hovey Field, Richmond, Va.

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Series: Virginia Union leads, 12-4-1

Last game: Bowie State defeated West Virginia State, 16-13; Virginia Union defeated Winston-Salem State, 24-22

Outlook: Both teams are coming off exciting victories in the closing seconds, with Virginia Union upsetting Winston-Salem State in a rematch of last year's Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association championship game. Bowie State is a defensive-minded team, with junior DB Kendall Stewart (two interceptions and four passes broken up) and freshman linebacker Atcheson Conway (two forced fumbles) leading the charge. Bowie State is second in the league in total defense (allowing 230 yards a game).

Towson (1-2) at Morgan (0-3)

Site: Hughes Stadium

Time: 7 p.m.

Series: Towson leads, 10-4

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

Last game: Towson lost to Holy Cross, 17-9; Morgan lost to Howard, 41-15

Outlook: Maybe playing the first night home game in the history of Morgan State football will shake the Bears out of the trance they were in last week. Playing the first game in newly renovated Hughes Stadium certainly didn't do the trick. Morgan has now lost 21 straight Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference games, even though it has the leading rusher in the MEAC in Ali Culpepper (69 attempts for 384 yards and three TDs. Towson has won 10 of the past 11 meetings with Morgan. Towson tailback Noah Read leads the Patriot League in rushing with 386 yards, or an average of 128.7 a game.

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