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October 04, 2003|By Bill Free

Johns Hopkins (4-0) at Dickinson (2-1)

Site: Biddle Field, Carlisle, Pa.

Time: 1 p.m.

Series: Hopkins leads 27-25-4

Last week: Hopkins defeated Carnegie-Mellon, 21-0. Dickinson lost to U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, 21-0.

Outlook: Four games into the season the Blue Jays lead the nation's Division III teams in passing efficiency defense (48.1 rating). They posted back-to-back shutouts, which left them tied for third in the nation in scoring defense. Hopkins has allowed 16 points in the first four games, its lowest point total yielded in a four-game span in 44 years (since allowing six points during the last four games of 1959). Despite its defensive prowess and elite status in several national statistical categories, Hopkins dropped this week from No. 23 to 24 in the American Football Coaches Association poll. Jays RB Adam Cook averages 100.2 yards, which is second in the Centennial Conference. Dickinson is led by junior LB Bob Ziegler, who has 28 tackles and 4.5 sacks.

Ursinus (3-1) at McDaniel (1-2)

Site: Bair Stadium, Westminster

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WTTR (1470 AM)

Series: McDaniel leads 21-5-6

Last week: McDaniel defeated Muhlenberg, 22-9. Ursinus defeated Mount Ida, 47-0.

Outlook: McDaniel seems to have found a two-way threat again at quarterback, with freshman Brad Baer throwing for 188 yards and two TDs last week and running for a team-high 50 yards and one TD. Green Terror coach Tim Keating has thrived in Westminster with mobile QBs and has seemed lost without an explosive signal caller. The McDaniel defense has been led by S Rob Roche, who was sharp last week with five pass breakups, one interception and 10 tackles. Ursinus QB Vince Gallagher has thrown for 593 yards and six TDs and has a QB rating of 121.93.

Morgan State (1-3) at Bethune-Cookman (4-0)

Site: Municipal Stadium, Daytona Beach, Fla.

Time: 2 p.m.

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Series: Bethune-Cookman leads 13-4

Last week: Morgan lost to Hampton, 24-21, in overtime. Bethune-Cookman defeated Norfolk State, 56-14.

Outlook: The Wildcats are not only considered the team to beat in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, but they are also the No. 1 team in the Sheridan Black College Football poll. Morgan is going to need a strong closing stretch drive to equal last season's 7-5 record. The Morgan defense has been led by Albert Gamble, Vincent Brown, Carlos Watts and Sydney Baskins.

Bowie State (3-2) at Johnson C. Smith (0-4)

Site: Charlotte (N.C.) Memorial Stadium

Time: 6 p.m.

Series: Johnson C. Smith leads 11-5

Last week: Bowie defeated Fayetteville State, 13-9. Johnson C. Smith lost to Morehouse, 39-21.

Outlook: Bowie State did last week what last season's opportunistic Bulldogs team couldn't do in two tries - find a way to beat defending Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association champion Fayetteville State. Bowie finally discovered some offensive magic in sophomore QB Jabali Smith, who tossed a game-deciding 22-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Alonzo Corbett with a little more than five minutes left in the game. Smith had an outstanding day at the often-troubled QB position for the Bulldogs, completing eight of 11 for 98 yards. Bowie's defense is holding opponents to 11.0 points a game.

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