Today's state games

November 10, 2007|By Jeff Seidel

Villanova (5-4) @Towson (3-6)

Time -- Noon

Site -- Johnny Unitas Stadium

TV/Radio -- Comcast SportsNet/1570 AM

Outlook -- Towson finishes its home schedule with this game. Coach Gordy Combs received an extension through 2010 earlier this week. The Tigers have won their past two meetings with Villanova and hope to give the 18 seniors playing in their final home game something to remember. Towson has had problems in close games, losing three times by 10 points or fewer. Injuries and turnovers have crushed Towson this year. Opponents have outscored the Tigers 85-16 on turnovers, and several key players have missed time because of injuries. QB Sean Schaefer threw for 324 yards and two touchdowns last year against Villanova. LB Brian Bradford leads the Colonial Athletic Association with 115 tackles through nine games, 12.8 per game; that's third in the nation. He's also tied for the conference lead in forced fumbles (four). Towson will end the season next Saturday at James Madison.

Morgan State (5-5) @S. Carolina State (5-4)

Time -- 1.30 p.m.

Site -- Dawson Stadium, Orangeburg, S.C.

Radio -- 88.9 FM

Outlook -- Morgan State needs a win in its season finale to avoid a third straight losing season. RB Chad Simpson ran for 215 yards in last week's 24-16 loss to Norfolk State and has a school-record of 1,271 yards this season. Simpson has made a number of big plays for the Morgan State offense and scored 13 touchdowns this year. He has been a big spark to the offense, which has struggled at times with passing and often alternates quarterbacks (Mario Melton and Byron Selby). All five of the Bears' losses have been by eight points or fewer, making this season more frustrating. The Bears, who have lost two of their past three games, will have to slow a South Carolina State offense that rolled over Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference rival Howard last week, 59-21. The Bulldogs had 448 yards of total offense in that game. South Carolina State has won its past four meetings with Morgan.

Johns Hopkins (3-6) @McDaniel (1-8)

Time -- 1 p.m.

Site -- Scott S. Bair Stadium

Radio -- 1470 AM

Outlook -- Both teams close their seasons with this local rivalry. Johns Hopkins has lost two of its past three games, and a four-game losing streak in the first part of the season hurt the Blue Jays. The defense struggled at times, twice giving up more than 40 points, and the offense has been inconsistent. When Johns Hopkins has run for at least 129 yards per game, the team has scored 28.2 points per contest. RB Andrew Kase has been solid, running for 782 yards and totaling 991 yards and eight touchdowns. McDaniel hasn't found much success anywhere on offense this season. The Green Terror will try to end Johns Hopkins' streak in this series as the Blue Jays have won the past six meetings between the two schools. But McDaniel needs to stop Kase and the rest of the Blue Jays' running game. The Green Terror has given up more than 200 yards rushing six times this season. McDaniel also has been having problems getting out of early holes, having been outscored 174-51 in the first half. Johns Hopkins routed the Green Terror, 48-7, last year in Baltimore.

Frostburg State (2-6) @Salisbury (8-1)

Time -- 1 p.m.

Site -- Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

Radio -- 91.9 FM

Outlook -- This is the ninth annual Regents Cup game, and the first time it has been played at Navy. Salisbury will be the home team. The game was played at Towson University the previous five years, and the two schools have played every season since 1973. Salisbury is coming off a bye week after its first loss of the season, 20-13 at Wesley. The Sea Gulls have gotten a lot of offense from running backs Jamar Garner (727 rushing yards, 11 TDs) and Ronnie Curley (692 yards, nine TDs). QB Bobby Sheain has thrown for 535 yards and four TDs, giving the Sea Gulls good balance. The Sea Gulls are ranked No. 13 in the AFCA poll. Frostburg is coming off a tough 34-30 loss to Westminster. Shanorm Young leads Frostburg with 506 rushing yards, and Andre Dixon has thrown for 674 yards and five TDs. Salisbury routed Frostburg, 42-15, last year.

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