TODAY'S AREA GAMES COLLEGE FOOTBALL

THE BALTIMORE SUN

MARYLAND (0-3) at VIRGINIA TECH (2-1)

Site: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, Va., 1 p.m.

Radio: WBAL (1090 AM); WWRC (980 AM); WAMD (970 AM); WYRE (810 AM); WFMD (930 AM); WTTR (1470 AM)

Line: Off the board

Series: Maryland leads, 17-12

Outlook: Virginia Tech, which could surpass its win total of 1992, when it went 2-8-1, will try to control the ball against Maryland's no-huddle, run-and-shoot attack. Sophomore QB Scott Milanovich (88 of 137, 1,109 yards passing) and WR Jermaine Lewis (22 receptions, 489 yards) have more yardage than anyone in NCAA Division I-A at their respective positions. Virginia Tech is coming off a 21-2 loss at Miami, but its defense played tough. Despite being held to 176 yards total offense by Miami, Virginia Tech's option has five backs over 100 yards, Dwayne Thomas (309) being the leader. Tech's 293.7 yards rushing per game rank No. 5 in the nation. Hokies QB Maurice DeShazo hasn't thrown much, but he'll be tempted to pass on a Terps defense that has allowed more yardage than all but one of the nation's 106 I-A teams and will be without injured starters Chad Wiestling and Johnnie Hicks. The Terps also will be without reserve RB Larry Washington, who didn't travel with the team after missing practice this week in part because of frustration over a lack of playing time. The Terps last played in Blacksburg in 1949. Maryland beat Virginia Tech, 14-10, in 1990, the only meeting between the two since 1950.

BOWLING GREEN (1-1) at NAVY (1-1)

Site: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, 1:30 p.m.

Radio: WNAV (1430 AM), WERQ (1010 AM), WMAL (630 AM)

Series: Bowling Green leads, 1-0

Outlook: The Midshipmen, who rebounded from an opening 31-loss to Virginia to rout Eastern Illinois, 31-10, will be looking to win two straight for first time since November 1990. FB Brad Stramanak is coming off a three-touchdown, 92-yard performance. This is only the second meeting with Bowling Green, which rallied to win the first encounter in 1991, 22-19. The Falcons, however, will be without six starters, including leading ground gainer Zeb Jackson, who is out because of disciplinary reasons.

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CHARLESTON SOUTHERN (1-2) at TOWSON STATE (2-0)

Site: Minnegan Stadium, 1:30 p.m.

Radio: WITH (1230 AM), WTMD (89.7 FM)

Outlook: Towson State is off to its best start since 1986, when the Tigers made the playoffs in their last season as a Division II program. Towson has outscored its opponents, 73-21, and the Tigers figure to add to those numbers against a Charleston Southern team that lost its opener to Morgan State by five touchdowns and has just moved up to Division I-AA. The Tigers have rolled up more than 900 yards on offense, behind RBs Tony Vinson and Brian McCarty, who are averaging 255 yards rushing between them. QB Dan Crowley has thrown five touchdowns and has yet to throw an interception or be sacked. RB D'Angelo Dereef has been the Buccaneers' top player, averaging 198.5 all-purpose yards per game, but the offense has come up short everywhere else. Charleston Southern is averaging 60.3 passing yards and 15.6 points a game.

MORGAN STATE (1-2) at VIRGINIA UNION (1-2)

Site: Hovey Field, Richmond, Va., 7 p.m.

Outlook: The Bears will try to end a two-game losing streak, during which they have given up 97 points. Last week, they committed seven penalties in the first quarter, as Youngstown State scored on its first five possessions and routed them, 56-27. The Bears showed some life in the second half behind QB Orlando Persell, who shook off early-season struggles to throw for 328 yards and three touchdowns by completing 30 of 57 passes, both school records. The offensive line continues to struggle, as evidenced by RB Tony Phillips' 131 yards rushing and 3.1-yard average in three games. Phillips rushed for 751 yards and led the MEAC in all-purpose yardage last year. Virginia Union is coached by Henry Lattimore, who coached Morgan State to the co-MEAC championship in 1976. RB Bobby Phillips leads the Panthers with 418 yards rushing. Two players -- John Jones and Joshua Pledger -- were suspended from the game by the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association for their parts in a fight during last week's game against Hampton.

BOWIE STATE (0-3) at VIRGINIA STATE (3-0)

Site: Rogers Stadium, Petersburg, Va., 1:30 p.m.

Outlook: The Bulldogs will take on the only team they beat last year, and it won't be an easy assignment. Bowie State has scored only eight points in 12 quarters. Its offense has managed just 30 yards rushing and has committed nine turnovers. The Bulldogs also have been penalized 36 times for 282 yards. Darryl Foote will start in place of QB Nate Jamison, who is nursing a sore shoulder. And DB/kick returner Dwayne Zackery, Bowie State's top player, will miss his second straight game with a sprained ankle. Virginia State's defense is giving up 10 points per game and has recorded 16 sacks. LB Silas Demary leads the team with 24 tackles, including seven sacks. Virginia State is averaging 265 passing yards behind QB Greg Clark, who has completed 65 of 113 passes for 797 yards and seven touchdowns.

FROSTBURG STATE (2-0) at SALISBURY STATE (1-1)

Site: Sea Gull Stadium, Salisbury, 1 p.m.

Radio: WFBR (560 AM)

Series: Salisbury State leads, 15-7

Outlook: The annual showdown between cross-state rivals continues with the 23rd meeting. Frostburg State has won the past four meetings. The Sea Gulls bounced back from an opening loss to Trenton State with a 33-19 victory over Methodist last week, behind RB Byron Pugh's 127-yard rushing effort and H-back Charlie Whalen's 10 receptions. He needs six catches to set a school record. LB Tim Jones, a transfer from Delaware State, made 20 tackles. S Henry Fehlman added 15 tackles and an interception. The Bobcats rolled to a 34-12 victory over Thiel behind an offense that is averaging 400 yards. QB Gil Telleria is averaging 5.5 yards per rush and has completed 12 of 18 passes for 269 yards and two TDs. RB Kevin Bellamy has rushed for 138 yards and is averaging 5.8 yards per carry. The Bobcats defense has forced nine turnovers. LB Dave Krajewski and S Russell Williams each have 20 tackles and one interception.

URSINUS (1-1) at WESTERN MARYLAND (1-1)

Site: Bair Stadium, Westminster, 1:30 p.m.

Outlook: This contest marks a reunion. Ursinus coach Steve Gilbert and Western Maryland coach Tim Keating coached together at Penn in 1982, and will face each other for the first time. Ursinus has been led by RB Bill Sedgwick, who is averaging 171 yards rushing and is 10th among the nation's Division III backs. He rushed for 185 yards in last week's 20-9 loss to Franklin & Marshall. Defensively, Ursinus has been susceptible to the big play, which is bad news against Western Maryland QB Brian Van Deusen. He has blossomed in Keating's new, pass-oriented offense by completing 49 of 85 passes for 544 yards and two TDs. WR Paul McCord is coming off a nine-catch, 227-yard performance. RB Rob Johnson is averaging only 3.2 yards a carry, and the Green Terrors have yet to score in the fourth quarter.

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