Today's Games

September 15, 2007|By BILL FREE

Towson (2-0) @UMass (2-0)

Time -- Noon

Site -- McGuirk Stadium, Amherst, Mass.

Outlook -- Towson will discover just two games into the season how it stacks up against the third-ranked Football Championship Subdivision team in the nation, Massachusetts, which has won nine straight games at McGuirk Stadium. The Minutemen not only finished second to new sensation Appalachian State last year in the Division I-AA playoffs, but they also routed the Tigers, 35-0, to spoil homecoming in the first meeting between the two schools. Junior quarterback Liam Coen has passed for 476 yards and six touchdowns in two games for UMass, and running back Matt Lawrence has rushed for 275 yards. Towson enters this battle of unbeatens ranked No. 23 in the subdivision and is in the midst of six straight road games. The Tigers have a revenge factor on their side from last year's beating, and quarterback Sean Schaefer uses 12 receivers to keep defenses guessing, plus Towson can send two gifted senior linebackers, Brian Bradford and John Webb, at the Minutemen.

Salisbury (2-0) @Chris. Newport (1-1)

Time -- 1 p.m.

Site -- Pomoco Stadium, Newport News, Va.

Outlook -- Salisbury has used two quarterbacks and a sack-happy defense for an impressive start this season. Ronnie Curley and Maryland transfer Bobby Sheahin have been putting a lot of points on the scoreboard while the defense has registered 19 sacks for losses of 105 yards. Christopher Newport lost 51-19 to Mary Hardin-Baylor last week and trails the Sea Gulls 3-2 in the series. The Captains upset heavily favored Salisbury, 35-24, in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament in 2004.

W.-Salem State (1-1) @Morgan State (1-1)

Time -- 4 p.m.

Site -- Hughes Stadium

Outlook -- Now that Morgan State has lost another opportunity to defeat a high-scoring Towson team, the Bears move on to meet new Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference member Winston-Salem State for the first time. The Rams will play a full MEAC schedule this season, but they will not be eligible for the conference championship in their initial season. Chad Simpson continues to do most of the offensive damage for the Bears, rushing past the 1,000-yard mark last week with a career-high 195 yards. The Winston-Salem State offense is built around the running and passing of quarterback Monte Purvis.

Catholic (2-0) @McDaniel (0-2)

Time -- 1 p.m.

Site -- Bair Stadium, Westminster

Outlook -- McDaniel has received strong efforts from two quarterbacks, Brad Baer and Tom Wenrich, and outstanding running from Eric Zwilsky. But there hasn't been much else to excite the Green Terror faithful in two games. For Catholic, it's been a matter of doing whatever is necessary to win behind junior quarterback Keith Ricca.

Slippery Rock (2-0) @Bowie State (0-2)

Time -- 1 p.m.

Site -- Bulldogs Stadium, Bowie

Outlook -- Bowie's trademark used to be a big-play defense led by talented linebackers. Now the defense has given up 70 points in two games, the offense hasn't shown much, and the running game is all but nonexistent with 71 rushes for minus 45 yards. The Bulldogs have their home opener today, giving the team some hope against a Slippery Rock squad that has 672 yards rushing in two games.

Frostburg State (0-1) @Rand.-Macon (2-0)

Time -- 1 p.m.

Site -- Day Field, Ashland, Va.

Outlook -- Frostburg didn't show much punch last week in its opener and could be headed for a long season if the offense doesn't add some wrinkles. Randolph-Macon has beaten Johns Hopkins this season and has the most experienced defense in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference with 10 starters returning.

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