Today's games

College Football

October 06, 2001|By Kent Baker, Bill Free

Air Force (2-1) vs. Navy (0-3)

Site: FedEx Field, Landover

Time: Noon

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

Series: Air Force leads, 23-10

Last week: Air Force beat San Diego State, 45-21; Navy was idle.

Outlook: The Falcons - winners of 17 of the last 19 games with Navy - shifted their option offense into high gear last week at San Diego State behind new quarterback Keith Boyea, rushing for 307 yards. Navy reverted more to its own option with Brian Madden back at quarterback two weeks ago, and that meant more sustained drives and scoring punch.

William Paterson, N.J. (1-3) at Western Maryland (4-1)

Site: Bair Stadium, Westminster

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WTTR (1470 AM)

Series: First meeting

Last week: Western Maryland defeated Muhlenberg, 28-25, in OT; William Paterson lost to Kean (N.J.) College, 26-23.

Outlook: Western Maryland, 17th in Division III, gets its starting QB, Jamie "Boo" Harris (pulled hamstring), back at 100 percent.This should be an offensive shootout, with both teams using four- and five-wide receiver sets. Paterson QB Rob Warchol completed 31-of-61 for 300 yards last week.

Ursinus (2-2) at Johns Hopkins (3-1)

Site: Homewood Field

Time: 1 p.m.

Series: Hopkins leads, 24-15-3

Last week: Hopkins defeated Gettysburg, 14-7; Ursinus idle.

Outlook: Nine games between these teams have been decided by eight or fewer points since the Centennial Conference began play in 1983; four went down to the last minute. Hopkins is first in the league in scoring defense (16.5 points a game), first in total defense (254.8 yards a game) and first in pass defense (103.2 yards a game). Ursinus has the league's leading rusher, 5-foot-2 Shearrod Duncan (148 yards a game); he is 12th nationally in Division III.

Towson (2-2) at Bucknell (2-1)

Site: Christy Mathewson Stadium, Lewisburg, Pa.

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Series: Towson leads, 7-6

Last week: Towson defeated Morgan State, 20-17, in overtime; Bucknell defeated St. Mary's (Calif.), 38-6.

Outlook: Towson QB Val Troiani had his first productive game of the season (16 of 27, 231 yards, no interceptions) in last Saturday's overtime win. Senior TB Noah Read leads the Patriot League and is 15th in Division I-AA rushing with 125.2 yards a game. Senior LB Sean Hendricks leads the Patriot League with 54 tackles. Bucknell, which opens Patriot League play today, is led by the rushing of Jabu Powell (96.7 yards a game).

Morehouse (1-2) at Bowie State (2-2)

Site: Bulldog Stadium, Bowie

Time: 1 p.m.

Series: Morehouse leads, 1-0

Last week: Bowie defeated Virginia Union, 14-8; Morehouse was idle.

Outlook: Defense (13th nationally in Division II) has propelled the Bulldogs to two straight victories. Bowie freshman linebacker Atcheson Conway has led the defensive charge with a team-high 46 tackles (third in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association), three interceptions (tied for first in league) and three fumbles. For Morehouse, RB Nate Zackery averages 99 yards rushing a game. .

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

Site: Wolverine Stadium, Dover, Del.

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WFWM (91.9 FM)

Series: Frostburg leads, 7-1

Last week: Frostburg defeated Chowan, 55-24; Wesley was idle.

Outlook: DeNelle Hale has averaged 172 yards all-purpose yards a game for Frostburg, 20th in the nation in Division III. Bobcats QB Grant Burrough passed for three touchdowns and ran for two last week. Wesley, the defending Atlantic Central Football Conference champion, is led by QB Jason Visconti (74-of-116 for 972 yards, 10 touchdowns, five interceptions).

Salisbury (1-3) at Chowan (1-3)

Site: Garrison Stadium, Murfreesboro, N.C.

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Radio: WICO (1320 AM)

Series: Salisbury leads, 6-1

Last week: Salisbury idle; Chowan lost to Frostburg, 55-24.

Outlook: Salisbury will be out to end a three-game losing streak. Chowan, trying to regroup, averages 17.8 points a game and gives up 27.9 points a game.

North Carolina A&T (3-0) at Morgan State (0-4)

Site: Hughes Stadium

Time: 7 p.m.

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Series: Morgan leads, 34-31-3

Last week: Morgan lost to Towson, 20-17, in overtime. N.C. A&T defeated Norfolk State, 43-0.

Outlook: Morgan RB Ali Culpepper, bothered by a bad shoulder, is now 19th in I-AA rushing with 115.8 yards a game. Unbeaten A&T, picked by many to win the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference title, has two shutouts, allows 2.3 points a game.

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