TODAY'S AREA GAMES

THE BALTIMORE SUN

No. 9 PENN STATE (4-0) at MARYLAND (0-4)

Site: Byrd Stadium, 7 p.m.

Radio: WWRC (980 AM), WAMD (970 AM), WYRE (810 AM), WFMD (930 AM), WTTR (1470 AM)

Line: Penn State by 17 1/2 points

Series: Penn State leads, 34-1-1

Outlook: With the exception of a loss in 1961 and a tie in 1989, the Nittany Lions have owned a series that doesn't have any more scheduled meetings. Penn State, in its first season in the Big Ten Conference, has beaten Minnesota, Southern California, Iowa and Rutgers, and it expects to do the same against a younger, smaller Maryland team that is ranked worst in the nation in total defense. The Terps' offense is good for 507 yards per game, but the defense is allowing 592. Led by sophomore QB Scott Milanovich (117 of 194, 1,607 yards, 16 TDs), the Terps have the nation's most productive passing attack, but much of the yardage has come in catch-up situations. They're facing a Penn State defense that came within a minute of registering its second straight shutout last week. LB Brian Gelzheiser has 32 tackles for a Maryland defense that has stopped the run but had trouble with the pass. Penn State is averaging over 240 yards rushing per game, and TB Ki-Jana Carter (450 yards) has been its top rusher. Senior QB Kerry Collins (24 of 43, 279 yards), who beat out John Sacca for the starting job, had a career-high four TD passes in last week's 31-7 rout of Rutgers.

NAVY (2-1) at TULANE (1-3)

Site: Superdome, New Orleans, 8 p.m.

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

Series: Tulane leads, 5-1-1

Line: Tulane by 3

Outlook: Navy is seeking its third straight victory, a feat the Mids have not accomplished since 1981. Junior QB Jim Kubiak has led the resurgence, completing 70 of 112 passes (.625 percent). He was 28-for-35 in a 27-20 victory over Bowling Green last week. FB Brad Stramanak has rushed for four TDs in last two games. He leads Navy rushers with 158 yards and a 4.4 average per carry. The Mids' only victory last season was a 20-17 win over Tulane. The Green Wave has been outscored 101-37 in first four games, including a 34-0 pasting by Rice and last week's 36-10 drubbing by Mississippi State. QB Craig Randall (43-for-97, 459 yards, 2 TDs), a transfer from Michigan, is running the offense. Top rusher FB Jerold Sowell, who made a 98-yard TD run vs. Alabama in opener, is listed as probable with a sore ankle. Senior WR Will Ursin, who keyed the Green Wave's 34-7 victory over Navy in 1991, has been slowed by knee problems. Tulane is 3-12 under second-year head coach Buddy Teevens.

TOWSON STATE (3-0) at CONNECTICUT (3-1)

Site: Memorial Stadium, Storrs, Conn., 1 p.m.

Radio: WITH (1230 AM)

Outlook: The Tigers, off to their best start in seven years, play on the road for the first time, against a team they've never faced. The Huskies, who are tied for first place in the Yankee Conference with a 2-0 league record, should push Towson State. Connecticut is averaging 37 points a game with a balanced offense that is producing 358 yards a game (190 rushing, 168 passing). Sophomore TB Wilbur Gilliard is averaging 98 yards rushing and already has 10 TDs. QB Zeke Rogers has completed 54 of 95 passes for 670 yards and a TD. Defensively, the Huskies are surrendering 24 points a game, and they should have their hands full against the Tigers, who are hurting opponents from all angles. RBs Tony Vinson and Brian McCarty are averaging 255 (( rushing yards between them, and QB Dan Crowley already has produced 506 yards and nine TDs in just 29 completions. The offensive line has yet to allow a sack. Since moving to Division I-AA in 1987, the Tigers are 5-26 on the road.

BOWIE STATE (0-4) at VIRGINIA UNION (1-3)

Site: Hovey Field, Richmond, Va., 1:30 p.m.

Outlook: The Bulldogs, the area's only winless team, will try to give first-year coach Sherman Wood his first victory against his former team. After coaching under Sanders Shiver at Bowie State for six seasons, Wood served last year as Virginia Union's defensive coordinator. Penalties and turnovers have plagued Bowie State, which has only two TDs and has been outscored, 106-15. QB Darrell Foote gave the offense some life last week by completing 18 of 36 passes for 182 yards and a TD in a 30-7 loss to Virginia State. Virginia Union is coming off a 38-21 defeat by Morgan State, in which the Panthers allowed the game's final five touchdowns. RB Bobby Phillips (576 yards rushing, five TDs) leads an offense averaging only 11 points a game. LB Ron Crump is the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association's second-leading tackler with 48. CB Darrell Johnson has four interceptions.

JOHNS HOPKINS (2-1) at GETTYSBURG (2-1)

Site: Musselman Stadium, Gettysburg, Pa., 1:30 p.m.

Outlook: The Blue Jays are coming off a 38-21 loss at FDU-Madison last week, but remain the only team besides Dickinson that is unbeaten in the Centennial Conference. Hopkins will try to get its big-play offense back on track behind senior QB John Guglielmo, who has completed 48 of 96 passes for 710 yards and four TDs. RB Hari Lymon (753 yards rushing, 5.1 yards per carry) makes his first start of the year. Before returning to action last week, he had missed two games with a knee injury. Speaking of knee injuries, LB Stu Markley (50 tackles) continues to impress after missing last season because of a bad knee. The Blue Jays are averaging 31 points a game. Gettysburg's secondary could be in for a long day. The Bullets have given up 662 yards through the air. The Bullets will depend on RBs Dwayne Marcus (326 rushing yards) and Shannon Forsythe (278). This marks the 21st meeting in a series dating to 1911. Gettysburg has a 16-2-2 edge.

WESTERN MARYLAND (1-2) at MUHLENBERG (1-2)

Site: Muhlenberg Field, Allentown, Pa., 1 p.m.

Outlook: The Green Terrors will attempt to end a two-game losing streak, during which they've surrendered 80 points. The Mules just might provide the cure. Last week, with a 9-7 victory over Franklin & Marshall, Muhlenberg won for the first time in 10 attempts. The Mules, averaging only 94 yards rushing, have scored just 30 points. QB Sean McCullough has thrown for 618 yards, but also has been intercepted eight times. Western Maryland, which has gone to a pass-oriented offense this year, has seen sophomore QB Brian Van Deusen excel (64-for-124, 800 yards, four TDs), but the ground game has stalled. Senior RB Rob Johnson, who rushed for more than 1,500 yards last year, has only 161 yards with a 3.5-yard average per carry. The team is averaging barely 2 yards per rush. Defensively, the Green Terrors are allowing 271 rushing yards per game and have forced only two turnovers.

CHOWAN (1-3) at FROSTBURG STATE (3-0)

Site: Bobcat Stadium, Frostburg, 1:30 p.m.

TTC Radio: WFRB (560 AM)

Outlook: The Bobcats scored four TDs in the second half of Saturday's 34-21 victory at Salisbury State, their fifth straight victory, dating to last season. A grinding ground game and big-play passing have been the keys to an offense averaging 385 yards and 34 points. RB Kevin Bellamy (six TDs, 5.5 yards per carry) leads a parade of running backs in coach Mike McGlinchey's rotation system. QB Gil Telleria has thrown only 29 times, but his 17 completions have accounted for three TDs and 436 yards, a 25.7-yard average. Two of WR Ariel Bell's six receptions have gone for TDs, and he is averaging 30.5 yards per catch. The Bobcats have forced 10 turnovers. Chowan, which is facing Frostburg State for the first time, has been outscored, 75-31, in its last two games. The Braves are averaging only 227 yards on offense.

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