TODAY'S GAMES

THE BALTIMORE SUN

MARYLAND (1-8) at NORTH CAROLINA STATE (6-3)

Site: Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh, N.C., 12:10 p.m.

TV: Channels 13, 7, 25

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

Series: Maryland leads, 23-22-4

Line: North Carolina State by 14 1/2

Outlook: Maryland played well in its final two home games, beating Duke, 26-18, for its only win and staying within one touchdown of top-ranked Florida State for 35 minutes. After the Duke game, the Terps played poorly at Clemson, and coach Mark Duffner hopes they make better use of momentum today. North Carolina State has incentive, however, as the Wolfpack feels a victory today would lock up its sixth straight bowl appearance. Sophomore starter Terry Harvey (1,437 yards passing) and junior Geoff Bender (737) have gotten great mileage out of N.C. State's multiple-set attack. With 40 receptions for 740 yards and nine touchdowns, junior SE Eddie Goins is their top target. The Terps will be without their top receiver for the second straight week, as sophomore Jermaine Lewis' left shoulder is still hurting. DL Madison Bradley (back) is done for the year, and SS Raphael Wall (shoulder sprain) is also out this week. Sophomore Scott Milanovich (220 of 348, 2,839 yards) has a school-record 20 touchdown passes and is on pace to shatter the Terps' mark for completion percentage. The Maryland defense ranks last in Division I-A, and needs to allow an average of 465 yards or less in the last two games to avoid setting an NCAA record for yards allowed per game.

NAVY (4-4) at VANDERBILT (3-5)

Site: Vanderbilt Stadium, Nashville, Tenn., 2 p.m.

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

Series: Tied, 1-1-2

Line: Vanderbilt by 9 1/2

Outlook: After losing to nationally ranked powers Louisville and Notre Dame in their past two games, the Midshipmen saw their bowl hopes evaporate. They now have set their sights on closing out the season with three straight wins. Junior QB Jim Kubiak has passed for more than 200 yards in seven straight games and set single-season records for completions (192) and yards (2,096). Four Navy players have more than 20 receptions, led by RB Jason Van Matre with 44 for 287 yards. Vanderbilt is coming off a 12-7 victory over Kentucky, limiting the Wildcats to 220 yards of offense. The Commodores beat the Mids, 27-7, in Annapolis last year. Tony Jackson (477 yards) leads running game. Redshirt freshman Ronnie Gordon, who made first start at quarterback last week, is expected to play today.

ILLINOIS (5-4) at No. 16 PENN STATE (6-2)

Site: Beaver Stadium, University Park, Pa., 3:30 p.m.

TV: Channels 13, 7

Radio: WJEJ (1240 AM)

Series: Penn State leads, 3-1

Line: Penn State by 10

Outlook: Penn State can play the role of Rose Bowl spoiler for the second straight week. The Nittany Lions ended Indiana's four-game winning streak last Saturday with a 38-31 win over the Hoosiers, who dropped to 4-2 in the Big Ten. This week, it is Illinois that has an outside chance at a trip to Pasadena, Calif. The Illini have won four straight games after a 1-4 start and are 5-1 in conference play, a half-game behind first-place Ohio State. Penn State is 3-2 in the Big Ten. A 25-yard touchdown pass from Johnny Johnson to Ty Douthard with 12 seconds left lifted Illinois to a 23-20 win over Minnesota last week. Ki-Jana Carter of Penn State has seven 100-yard rushing games this fall and needs just 3 yards to record the 10th 1,000-yard season in Penn State history.

BUCKNELL (4-5) at TOWSON STATE (6-2)

Site: Minnegan Stadium, 1 p.m.

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

Outlook: The Tigers continue their Division I-AA playoff drive against a team that has rebounded from a rough first half. The Bison have rebounded from a five-game losing streak by winning their past three. Freshman RB Rich Lemon has rushed for 350 yards and three TDs in his past two games, and junior QB Rob Glus is 3-1 as a starter, having thrown for 1,010 yards, five TDs and four interceptions. The Tigers are coming off a thrilling, 32-30 victory at Delaware and are riding an offense that is averaging 34.5 points. RB Tony Vinson (1,325 yards) has rushed for more than 100 yards in every game this season. WR Mark Orlando is coming off a 10-catch, 160-yard performance against Delaware. DE Rob Stanavitch has 14 sacks, two shy of the school record.

HOWARD (9-0) at MORGAN STATE (2-7)

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

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Outlook: The Bears have lost five straight, and it will take a flawless effort to reverse the slide against the Bison. Howard, ranked No. 10 in Division I-AA and riding a 12-game winning streak dating to last year, is averaging 34 points behind QB Jay "Sky" Walker. He has thrown for 2,500 yards and 17 TDs and gives the Bison an added dimension with his running ability. WR Gary Harrell (60 catches, 802 yards, seven TDs) is Walker's favorite target. Rupert Grant (560 yards) leads a deep backfield. The Bison defense is led by LBs Jose White (72 tackles, seven sacks) and Marc Christie (76 tackles). Morgan State, headed for its 14th consecutive losing season, has surrendered 490 yards and 41.5 points a game, mainly because the Bears have been unable to stop the run. Their offense has had some bright moments, thanks to QB Orlando Persell (1,432 yards, nine TDs), WR Jesse Humphrey (43 catches, 814 yards, nine TDs) and RB Tony Phillips (1,205 all-purpose yards).

JOHNS HOPKINS (4-5) at WESTERN MARYLAND (2-5-1)

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

Outlook: The annual, intrastate Centennial Conference clash could be a high-scoring game, featuring two of the league's top quarterbacks -- Hopkins' John Guglielmo and Western Maryland's Brian Van Deusen. Guglielmo has thrown for 1,604 yards and seven TDs, including four to WR Joe Richards (40 catches, 667 yards). Van Deusen, a sophomore, has thrown 108 consecutive passes without an interception. He has completed 54 percent for 2,095 yards and 14 TDs. RB Rob Johnson (811 yards, eight TDs) also is playing his best football of the season. The Green Terrors have been porous most of the season, though, and losing LB Trevor Sellers to a broken leg won't help. Hopkins' defense has given up 66 points in its past four games. LB Stu Markley (148 tackles) and DL Jelani Rucker (102 tackles) have had outstanding seasons.

FROSTBURG STATE (8-1) at METHODIST (4-5)

Site: Monarch Field, Fayetteville, N.C., 1 p.m.

Radio: WFRB (560 AM)

Outlook: The Bobcats, stung by last week's 24-22 loss to Waynesburg -- their first loss of the season -- seek to seal their first bid to the NCAA Division III playoffs. Methodist, which lost to 1-7 Salisbury State earlier this year, is allowing nearly 200 yards a game rushing, and that won't work against a Frostburg State team that thrives on the run with a backfield that goes five deep and produces 231 yards per game. QB Gilbert Telleria continues frustrate opponents with his running (400 yards, five TDs) and passing (1,368 yards, 23.6 yards per completion, nine TDs). The Bobcats' offense is averaging 31.4 points and is ranked 20th in the nation. For Methodist, QB Ben Pope (968 yards, six TDs) and RB Corey Johnson (646 yards, seven TDs) are the top threats.

GUILFORD (2-7) at SALISBURY STATE (1-7)

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

Outlook: The Sea Gulls have lost six straight and will try for their first homecoming victory since 1987. Besides the fact that they stand a good chance of winning, the Sea Gulls hope to be congratulating QB Len Annetta in his last game. He needs 61 yards to set a career record for passing yardage. He has 5,380. He also needs 114 yards to break the single-season record. Guilford RB Jeff Hatch has rushed for more than 100 yards five times, and needs only 56 to go over the 1,000-yard barrier. Guilford's defense is giving up 27.3 points a game.

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