Today's games

October 05, 2002|By BILL FREE

Salisbury (4-0) at Gallaudet (1-3)

Site: Hotchkiss Field, Washington

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WICO (1320 AM)

Series: Salisbury leads 3-0

Last week: Salisbury defeated Greensboro, 23-18; Gallaudet lost to George Mason, 33-6.

Outlook: The ground-pounding Sea Gulls rolled up 352 more yards rushing last week to remain unbeaten, but they still couldn't crack the American Football Coaches Association Division III Top 25 poll. Salisbury is nearly certain to leave Washington today with a lopsided victory over a team that is playing a schedule split between varsity teams and club teams. The Bison lost badly last week to George Mason's club team, and its lone victory came over Walter Reed's club team. The major question for the Sea Gulls is how much weight the pollsters will give to a rout of Gallaudet.

Muhlenberg (4-0) at McDaniel (3-1)

Site: Bair Stadium, Westminster

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WTTR (1470 AM)

Series: McDaniel leads 16-13-1

Last week: McDaniel defeated Ursinus, 37-14; Muhlenberg defeated Franklin & Marshall, 68-22.

Outlook: This is a battle for first place in the Centennial Conference, as both teams take 2-0 league records into the game. McDaniel is still waiting for its sometimes-sputtering offense to put it all together. There would be no better time than today against the Mules, who thumped Franklin & Marshall behind a 265-yard all-purpose explosion by junior RB Matt Bernardo last week. Bernardo burned the Terror for 182 yards and three touchdowns last season, but the Mules fell, 28-25, in overtime. McDaniel will have to play a second straight week without standout junior DB Joe Syzmanek.

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

Site: Schoellkopf Field, Ithaca, N.Y.

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Series: first meeting

Last week: Towson defeated Holy Cross, 42-10; Cornell lost to Yale, 50-23.

Outlook: Towson is suddenly one of the most explosive Division I-AA teams in the nation, ranking seventh in total offense (averaging 454.50 yards) and scoring (38.5). In four games this season, Towson has scored more points (154) than it did in 10 games (149) last year. The Tigers have topped the 40-point mark in three of their four games. Junior QB Jay Amer continues to have a hot hand (58 of 107 passes for 950 yards and eight touchdowns). Cornell has lost to Bucknell and Yale. Former Dulaney High kicking specialist Trevor MacMeekin has hit two of three field goals for the Big Red this season, and he is two of two on extra points.

Virginia Union (3-1) at Bowie State (3-2)

Site: Bulldog Stadium, Bowie

Time: 1 p.m.

Series: Virginia Union leads 12-5-1

Last week: Bowie lost to Morehouse, 24-17; Virginia Union defeated Winston-Salem State, 18-15.

Outlook: The whole Bowie State season is on the line today in Bowie, where the Bulldogs have to find a way to bounce back from last weekend's disaster in Atlanta (buses repossessed) and loss to Morehouse. Virginia Union couldn't be riding much higher, after last week's last-second 18-15 victory over Winston-Salem State in a rematch of last season's CIAA championship. Virginia Union leads the Eastern Division of the CIAA with a 2-0 record, and Bowie State is 2-1 and can't afford a loss today.

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

Site: Dill Field, Oberlin, Ohio

Time: 1 p.m.

Series: first meeting

Last week: Frostburg lost in triple overtime, 31-25, to Brockport State; Oberlin defeated Hiram, 35-14.

Outlook: A luckless Frostburg State team should be able to take all of its frustrations out on Oberlin today, a team that recorded only its fourth win since 1993 last week (4-88 over past 10 years). The Yeomen haven't won back-to-back games since 1989.

Bethune-Cookman (5-0) at Morgan State (1-3)

Site: Hughes Stadium

Time: 7 p.m.

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Series: Bethune-Cookman leads 12-4

Last week: Morgan was idle; Bethune-Cookman defeated Norfolk State, 49-7.

Outlook: Morgan had two weeks to savor a 35-20 victory over Monmouth, and now the Bears have to face a high-scoring Bethune-Cookman team that has outscored five opponents this season, 192-40. The unbeaten Wildcats are ranked No. 19 in Division I-AA, and feature a 5-foot-10, 166-pound dynamo of a quarterback, junior Allen Suber. That's right. Suber will be dueling Morgan's "Big Show" quarterback, sophomore Bradshaw Littlejohn, who is 6-3, 258 pounds and has been featured in USA Today. The transfer from Michigan State has thrown for 691 yards and six touchdowns, and leads the team in rushing with 364 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

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