Today's games

College Football

October 25, 2003|By Bill Free

Today's games

Elon (2-6) at Towson (3-4)

Site: Johnny Unitas Stadium

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Series: First meeting

Last week: Towson lost to Bucknell, 14-10. Elon lost to Chattanooga, 24-7.

Outlook: The Tigers have won all three of their games at home this season. They squandered a 10-0 lead last week to fall below .500 in its Patriot League farewell season. Elon has defeated respectable foes Hofstra and East Tennessee State while three of its losses have come to Top 25 Division I-AA opponents, Wofford, Furman and North Carolina A&T.

Morgan State (3-4) at Delaware State (0-6)

Site: Alumni Stadium, Dover, Del.

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Series: Morgan leads 27-18

Last week: Morgan defeated Howard, 33-12. Delaware State was idle.

Outlook: What looked like a breather for Morgan changed last week when Delaware State fired coach Ben Blacknall and replaced him with defensive coordinator Butch Posey. Now Morgan coach Donald Hill-Eley believes the Hornets will be charged up for this game. The Bears have four games left this season to move over the .500 mark as they did last year.

Johns Hopkins (7-0) at Muhlenberg (3-2)

Site: Marino Field at Wood Stadium, Allentown, Pa.

Time: 1 p.m.

Series: Muhlenberg leads 18-16-1

Last week: Hopkins defeated Gettysburg, 27-7. Muhlenberg defeated Ursinus, 27-7.

Outlook: The Blue Jays, ranked 13th in Division III, have developed a productive one-two rushing punch in junior Adam Cook and freshman Mark Nesbitt, but defense continues to fuel this record-shattering 11-game winning steak. Hopkins is third in Division III in scoring defense (5.3 points a game) and tied for 10th in total defense (228 yards a game). DB Matt Campbell is tied for fifth in the nation with seven interceptions. Hopkins has forced 25 turnovers, with 19 interceptions. Muhlenberg features the front-runner for Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Year, Kodi Shay. He ranks first in Division III in all-purpose yards (236.8 average), third in kickoff returns (34.1 yards a game) and seventh in receiving yards (126 a game). This game is for first place in the Centennial. The Mules have won three straight, averaging 39.3 points in those games.

Newport News Apprentice (1-5) at Salisbury (5-0)

Site: Sea Gull Stadium, Salisbury

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WICO (1320 AM)

Series: Salisbury leads 5-4

Last week: Salisbury defeated Kean, 21-0. Newport News lost to Wesley, 45-0.

Outlook: Salisbury, 19th-ranked in Division III, not only has a major edge in nearly every statistical column, but the Sea Gulls also have big emotional advantages of playing at home for the first time since Sept. 6, and it is homecoming. Sophomore QB Dustin Johnson runs a triple-option offense that is averaging 36.8 points (No. 21 in the nation), 368.8 yards total offense and 17.5 first downs. The Gulls are second in rushing defense (42.0 yards a game) and eighth in scoring defense (9.2 points a game). Newport News averages just 8.6 points a game.

McDaniel (3-3) at SUNY Brockport (6-1)

Site: Special Olympics Stadium, Brockport, N.Y.

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Radio: WTTR (1470 AM)

Series: First meeting

Last week: McDaniel defeated Dickinson, 34-14. Brockport lost to Ithaca, 31-10.

Outlook: The Green Terror takes on a team that was ranked No. 5 in Division III before last week's first loss of the season. Brockport plummeted to No. 18 this week. Tim Keating (78-30-3) became McDaniel's winningest coach with the victory over Dickinson behind a 24-point second half.

Frostburg State (2-3) at Maryville (Tenn.) (2-5)

Site: Lloyd L. Thornton Stadium, Maryville, Tenn.

Time: 2 p.m.

Series: First meeting

Last week: Frostburg State lost to Widener, 26-19, in OT. Maryville lost to Centre, 33-0.

Outlook: Grant Burrough became Frostburg's all-time leading passer last week, completing 30 of 50 for 293 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He has passed for 5,799 yards, giving him 18 school records .

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