Today's Games

November 07, 2009|By MIKE KLINGAMAN

Towson (2-6) at William & Mary (7-1)

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Radio: 1570 AM

Series record: William & Mary leads 6-0.

Last meeting: William & Mary won, 34-14, on Nov. 1, 2008, in Towson.

What's at stake: Towson?s record doesn't reflect it, but ... are those claws that the Tigers are growing? Witness last week's game against top-ranked Richmond in which Towson led in the second half before caving, 42-14. William & Mary is No. 5 in the Football Championship Subdivision poll. The Tribe is off to its best start since 1986, thanks to a defense that leads the nation in stopping the run. Just ask Rhode Island, which totaled minus-46 rushing yards against W&M last week.

Key matchup: William & Mary QB R.J. Archer vs. the Towson defense. Archer leads an attack that is averaging 385 yards, best in the Colonial Athletic Association. His 160 completions are a conference high.

Players to watch: Towson: WR David Newsom has 25 receptions and is averaging 15 yards per catch.

William & Mary: DE Adrian Tracy has eight sacks (27 career) for a team that ranks second nationally in sacks per game (3.6).

Norfolk State (4-4)

at Morgan State (5-3)

Time: 4 p.m.

Radio: 88.9 FM

Series record: Norfolk State leads 11-10.

Last meeting: Norfolk State won, 35-9, on Nov. 8, 2008, in Norfolk, Va.

What's at stake: Morgan is still sore about that 31-28 overtime loss to Florida A&M last Saturday. On a two-game slide, the Bears can't look back - or ahead, for that matter, to next week's game at South Carolina State, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference leader. Norfolk State has defeated Morgan the past two years, and last season forced seven turnovers in a rout. Norfolk leads the conference in total defense, and that's bad news for the Bears, who, offensively, rank next-to-last.

Key matchup: Norfolk State QB Dennis Brown vs. the Morgan State defense. Last week, Brown threw for 226 yards and two touchdowns in a 41-6 win over Howard. Morgan leads the MEAC in fewest passing yards allowed (130 per game).

Players to watch: Morgan: RB Devan James, who rushed for a season-high 133 yards last week but was held to 69 by Norfolk last year.

Norfolk State: WR Chris Bell, the MEAC's top receiver with 651 yards on 31 receptions, nine for TDs.

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