today's state games

October 25, 2008|By Patrick Gutierrez

Towson (3-4, 1-2 CAA)

@New Hampshire (5-1, 2-1)

Time: Noon

Site: Cowell Stadium, Durham, N.H.

TV/Radio: Comcast SportsNet/1570 AM

Outlook: The Tigers had an extra week to prepare for the Northern Division-leading Wildcats, who came from behind to defeat Northeastern last week. Towson has won two of its past three, the lone loss coming against Northeastern. New Hampshire is averaging 37 points and 432 yards behind QB R.J. Toman (15 TD passes) and All-America TE Scott Sicko (five TDs). Last time out, Towson QB Sean Schaefer passed Villanova's Chris Boden to become the CAA's No. 2 all-time passing leader with 10,211 yards. The Tigers have never beaten the Wildcats, with New Hampshire winning the past two meetings by a combined score of 124-45.

Prediction: New Hampshire 34, Towson 27

Delaware State (3-3, 3-1 MEAC)

@Morgan State (4-3, 2-1)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Hughes Stadium

Radio: 88.9 FM

Outlook: The Bears are coming off a thrilling double-overtime win at Howard and are looking to make it three wins in a row when they host the 2007 MEAC-champion Hornets. Delaware State has also won two straight after defeating North Carolina A&T last week. Morgan State RB Devan James rushed for a career-high 219 yards in last week's win and continues to carry the Bears' offense. Delaware State QB Vashon Winton leads the MEAC with nine rushing TDs and has a 23-4 conference record as a starter, including a 3-0 mark vs. the Bears.

Prediction: Morgan State 24,

Delaware State 20

Salisbury (6-1) @Becker (2-4)

Time: Noon

Site: Alumni Field, Worcester, Mass.

Outlook: The Sea Gulls have won three straight heading into today's game against the Hawks. Salisbury continues to roll on offense, rushing for 533 yards in its 39-20 defeat of Lake Erie and having scored 145 points in three games this month. The defense has also been playing well, with Paul Cynewski making four sacks last week. Last season, Salisbury scored a school-record 79 points against Becker in the first meeting between the schools. The Hawks have been alternating between Gabriel Prophet and Karron Stanley at quarterback; Jacques Fabulas has been a consistent performer at wide receiver with 25 catches and four TDs.

Prediction: Salisbury 63, Becker 14

Frostburg State (2-4)

@Randolph-Macon (2-4)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Day Field, Ashland, Va.

Outlook: The Bobcats have lost three of their past four entering today's game against Randolph-Macon, which has lost two straight. The Yellow Jackets are led by RB Zak Thornton, who is averaging more than 100 rushing yards, and QB Austin Faulkner, who has thrown for 1,044 yards and 10 TDs. Frostburg State's Makiha Cooper has emerged as a threat at wide receiver, with 25 catches and five TDs this season. Freshman DB Kevin Mathews had six tackles and an interception in last week's loss to Ithaca.

Prediction: Randolph-Macon 20,

Frostburg State 17

Virginia Union (5-3, 3-2 CIAA)

@Bowie State (3-4, 2-3)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Bulldogs Stadium

Outlook: The Bulldogs are coming off a 21-7 win at St. Paul's last week behind RB Isaac Redman's season-high 115 rushing yards. Virginia Union's miscues on special teams last week led to its loss at Virginia State. Both teams prefer to run the ball, with the Panthers averaging more than 200 rushing yards en route to 31 points per game. Redman is joined by fellow RBs Tariq Jones and Rodney Webb to give the Bulldogs multiple looks on offense; Clifton Budd is averaging 23.6 yards on punt returns this season, good for second in the conference.

Prediction: Virginia Union 27, Bowie State 14

McDaniel (2-4, 1-3 Centennial)

@Ursinus (2-4, 1-3)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Patterson Field, Collegeville, Pa.

Outlook: The Green Terror was manhandled by Muhlenberg last week, giving up 49 consecutive points after scoring the opening touchdown. Ursinus was shut out by Johns Hopkins, 14-0, last time out. McDaniel's T.J. Develin, who rushed for a career-high 119 yards in last week's loss, continues to shine this season. The junior has rushed for more yards (365) in his past four games than in his previous 21 (357). Mark Jaskowski leads the Bears with 446 rushing yards, fourth in the Centennial Conference. Ursinus QB Nick Dye was sacked nine times last week and threw two interceptions.

Prediction: McDaniel 17, Ursinus 10

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