Today's state games

October 20, 2007|By BILL FREE

Towson (3-4) @ Colgate (3-3)

Time -- 1 p.m.

Site -- Andy Kerr Stadium, Hamilton, N.Y.

Radio -- 1570 AM

Outlook -- Towson has been headed in the wrong direction since a 2-0 start, but the Tigers have had four good reasons for losing four of their past five games-nationally ranked Massachusetts, Delaware and Hofstra - along with always tough William and Mary. Tigers junior QB Sean Schaefer passed for a career-low 123 yards last week in a 20-3 loss to Hofstra, just one week after he produced a Hollywoodlike finish in a final-play upset victory over Richmond. Colgate is lining up for a shot at the Tigers, having won all eight games in the Towson series that included seven seasons when the schools were Patriot League rivals. Towson coach Gordy Combs knows his team needs a major reversal to change its fortunes against the Raiders.

Morgan State (4-3) @ Delaware State (5-1)

Time -- 3.30 p.m.

Site -- Alumni Stadium, Dover, Del.

TV/Radio -- CN8/88.9 FM

Outlook -- Some of the significance of this Morgan State game was wiped out Thursday night when Norfolk State defeated Florida A&M, 33-27, to remain unbeaten (5-0) at the top of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference standings. That Norfolk win means the Bears will not be playing Delaware State for a three-way tie for first place with Norfolk today, but for a share of second place with Delaware State. The Hornets are in second place behind first-place Norfolk State in the MEAC with a 4-0 record, with Morgan in third place at 3-1. The Bears could gain a second-place tie with Delaware State by beating the Hornets this afternoon. Morgan has won three straight and proved last week it could win (36-33 in OT over longtime rival Howard) with TB Chad Simpson sitting out the second half with a sprained ankle. Simpson is scheduled to return to action today. Morgan LB Lamar West led a defensive charge last week that held Howard to 103 yards passing. West had a team-high nine tackles. Delaware State is ranked No. 15 in the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly I-AA) and has had two weeks to prepare for this important matchup. The Hornets have been winning behind a steady offense, some big plays on defense and strong special teams' production.

Bowie State (3-4) @ Virginia Union (6-1)

Time -- 1:05 p.m.

Site -- Hovey Field, Richmond, Va.

Outlook -- Bowie State and Virginia Union were knocked from their unbeaten (then 3-0) seats in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Eastern Division last week, allowing Elizabeth City State to move into a position to be in control of its finish in the East. The Vikings are 2-0 in the East while Bowie State and Virginia Union are both 1-1 in the division, with all three teams 3-1 in conference. In short, Bowie State and Virginia Union need help to win the East while Elizabeth City can gain a berth in the CIAA championship game by winning out. Virginia Union has the statistical edge over Bowie State, but the Panthers pretty much gave away last week's game to Elizabeth City with six turnovers.

Becker College (1-5) @ Salisbury (7-0)

Time -- 1 p.m.

Site -- Sea Gull Stadium, Salisbury

Radio -- 1320 AM

Outlook -- It seems like a perfect homecoming day for Salisbury to show off its talent. The unbeaten Sea Gulls are the No. 9 Division III team in the nation going against a Becker squad that recently ended a 21-game losing streak with a 30-6 victory over Gallaudet. Becker is a Division III school from Leicester, Mass. Salisbury has won 10 straight dating to last season and should take an 8-0 record into an Oct. 27 showdown against Wesley College in Dover, Del., for the Atlantic Central Football Conference title.

Ursinus (5-1) @ McDaniel (1-5)

Time -- 1 p.m.

Site -- Scott S. Bair Stadium, Westminster

Radio -- 1470 AM

Outlook -- McDaniel continues on a downward spiral, losing games and players to injuries. The Green Terror is coming off its worst regular-season loss in 21 years last week, getting 100 yards of total offense in a 43-0 loss to Muhlenberg. Backup QB Tom Wenrich was knocked out of the Muhlenberg game in the second quarter with an injury, leaving Zach Swope as the probable starter this week. Ursinus is coming off a 10-point fourth-quarter rally that lifted the Bears to a 17-10 victory over Johns Hopkins last week. Ursinus has the third-leading rusher, Aaron Harper, in the Centennial Conference.

Union (Ky.) College (2-5) @ Frostburg State (1-5)

Time -- 1 p.m.

Site -- Bobcat Stadium, Frostburg

Outlook -- Frostburg State has lost four straight games by an overwhelming total of 155-37. Maybe Union College, a little National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics school, can help the Bobcats out on homecoming day, which comes one week after the home opener. The Bobcats were forced to play their first five games on the road because of the addition of new teams on their schedule, and those new additions would only play on their home field first before coming to Frostburg. The new teams replaced schools that dropped the Bobcats because those schools had joined new leagues or made other football scheduling changes.

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