Today's state games

College Football

October 23, 2004|By Bill Free

Delaware State (2-5) at Morgan State (2-4)

Site: Hughes Stadium

Time: 1 p.m.

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Series: Morgan leads 28-18

Last week: Morgan lost to Howard, 42-35, in OT; Delaware State defeated N.C. A&T, 15-6.

Outlook: Morgan State quarterback Bradshaw Littlejohn has put together an outstanding season and ranks high nationally in I-AA in scoring (eighth with 9.4 points a game) and total offense (ninth with 286.4 yards a game). But final season will be a major disappointment if he can't rally the Bears to four straight victories down the stretch to produce a third straight winning season.

Muhlenberg (5-1) at Johns Hopkins (5-1)

Site: Homewood Field

Time: 1 p.m.

Series: Muhlenberg leads 19-16-1

Last week: Johns Hopkins defeated Gettysburg, 37-17; Muhlenberg defeated Ursinus, 17-3.

Outlook: This is a revenge game for Hopkins, whose only loss last season was to Muhlenberg, costing the Blue Jays the Centennial Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III playoffs. Hopkins and Muhlenberg finished the season as co-champs, but the Mules had the tiebreaker with their victory over the Blue Jays. Both teams are 2-1 in the conference, trailing first-place McDaniel (3-0).

Virginia Union (1-7) at Bowie State (3-5)

Site: Bulldog Stadium, Bowie

Time: 1 p.m.

Series: Virginia Union leads 13-6-1

Last week: Bowie State lost to Towson, 41-7; Virginia Union lost to Virginia State, 24-7.

Outlook: Bowie State returns to more friendly Division II Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association competition today after losing a second game this season to a I-AA school from the Baltimore area (Towson and Morgan). The Bulldogs have stumbled badly down the stretch, because of a struggling offense.

Maryville (3-3) at Frostburg State (1-5)

Site: Bobcat Stadium, Frostburg

Time: 1 p.m.

Series: Frostburg State leads 1-0

Last week: Frostburg State lost to Widener, 54-19; Maryville defeated Centre College, Ky., 35-33.

Outlook: Frostburg quarterback Jimmy Ward has thrown seven interceptions and only four touchdown passes, and Maryville's best player is sophomore linebacker Chris Howerton, who has 56 tackles this season.

Towson (3-3) at Villanova (4-3)

Site: Villanova (Pa.) Stadium

Time: 3 p.m.

Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Series: First meeting

Last week: Towson defeated Bowie, 41-7; Villanova defeated Richmond, 49-10.

Outlook: Towson flexed its muscles last week against Division II Bowie, but now the Tigers return to the Atlantic 10, where they are 0-3 and must face Villanova. The Wildcats have been a disappointing 1-3 in the South, but they are still No. 24 in the I-AA poll. Towson junior cornerback Allante Harrison was leading I-AA with five interceptions until dropping to second. - Bill Free

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