Today's area games


Towson State (2-2) at Central Connecticut (0-4)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Arute Field, New Britain, Conn.

Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Outlook: Towson broke a two-game losing streak by getting outstanding performances from freshman QB Kevin Smith and senior TB Larry Washington in a 31-15 victory over Monmouth. Smith, making his second start, went 12-for-18 for 154 yards and two touchdowns, and Washington rushed for 292 yards and two scores. The Tigers' defense, led by sophomore safety Khalid McLeod's two interceptions, shut out Monmouth in the second half, enabling Towson to rally from a 15-10 deficit. The Tigers have beaten Central Connecticut three straight times to lead the series, 3-2. They've won the last two games by a combined score of 70-7. Central Connecticut is coming off a 45-3 loss to Robert Morris.

Livingstone (0-3-1) at Bowie State (2-3)

Time: 1 p.m.

Site: Bulldog Stadium, Bowie

Outlook: Bowie received another solid effort from its defense in last weekend's 23-12 win over Virginia Union. The Bulldogs have given up 19 points in their last two games, including a 7-0 loss to Virginia State. They rushed for 312 yards against Virginia Union, including 147 from Topper Ellis, who also returned two kickoffs for 76 yards. Freshman DE Shamar Foster leads the Bulldogs with 43 tackles and 3 1/2 sacks, and has added three fumble recoveries and an interception. Livingstone College lost to Virginia State last weekend, 28-24. RBs Eric Crawford and Timmy McClain have combined for 663 yards. Livingstone leads the series, 11-5, including last year's 36-0 win.

Virginia Tech (2-2) at Navy (2-2)

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Site: Navy-Marine Corps Stadium, Annapolis

Radio: WWLG (1360 AM)

Outlook: The Midshipmen are coming off an impressive 30-9 victory over Duke, limiting the Blue Devils to three field goals and 17 yards rushing. Sophomore Chris McCoy is the top rushing quarterback in the nation and 10th overall with 533 yards. Navy's defense ranks 21st in points allowed per game (17.0). After losing their first two games, the Hokies have rebounded to upset Miami, 13-7, and beat Pitt, 26-16. Senior RB Dwayne Thomas is the leading ground gainer with 319 yards. The Hokies, who trail the series 7-2, have blocked six kicks, including three punts.

South Carolina State (2-2) at Morgan State (1-3)

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Site: Hughes Stadium

Radio: WEAA (88.9 FM)

Outlook: Morgan was idle last week after winning its first game of the season, 38-7, over Cheyney. South Carolina State leads the series, 16-5, including a 49-7 rout last year. Morgan's ground game is led by FB Andre Thomas (58 carries, 276 yards, four touchdowns). The Bulldogs won the MEAC championship last year and defeated Grambling in the Heritage Bowl.

Ursinus (1-3) at Johns Hopkins (3-1)

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Site: Homewood Field

Outlook: Hopkins has won three in a row, including a 35-16 romp at Gettysburg. Hari Lymon had 175 all-purpose yards and was named the conference's Offensive Player of the Week. Jim Guzzo started his third straight game in place of injured QB Dan Redziniak, who has been cleared to play, and went 6-for-11 for 58 yards. Hopkins leads the series with Ursinus, 21-12-4, but the Bears won last year, 21-20. The Bears are coming off a 25-23 loss to Swarthmore, lowering their conference record to 0-3. QB Chris Orlando is completing only 35 percent of his passes.

Salisbury State (2-1) at Chowan (2-3)

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Site: Chowan Stadium, Murfreesboro, N.C.

Radio: WTGM (960 AM)

Outlook: Salisbury, which was idle last weekend, is trying for its first three-game winning streak in eight years. It defeated Frostburg in its most recent game, 35-28. Freshman RB Daron Wimbish has gained more than 100 yards in two straight games. LBs Marc Hannah and David Radziewicz lead Salisbury in tackles with 28 and 27, respectively. The Sea Gulls defeated Chowan in their first meeting last year, 35-2. Chowan is coming off a 20-9 loss at Frostburg, when they were held to 196 yards in total offense. The Braves are in their third year on the Division III level. They began the year with just two seniors.

Newport News Apprentice (0-5) at Frostburg State (3-1)

Time: 1:30 p.m.

Site: Bobcat Stadium, Frostburg

Radio: WFBR (560 AM)

Outlook: Frostburg used 11 players to gain 224 rushing yards in a 20-9 win over Chowan last weekend. Junior RB E. J. Fuller has been on a roll, rushing for 171 yards in the last six quarters. Newport News, which trails the series with Frostburg, 5-2-1, is coming off a 36-0 loss to Ferrum. The Shipbuilders have been outscored 62-18 in the second half. Last year, they tied a Frostburg team that had won its first seven games, 27-27.

Maryland (4-1) at Wake Forest (1-4)

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Site: Groves Stadium, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Radio: WBAL (1090 AM); WTOP (1500 AM)

Outlook: The Terps should get a chance to heal the wounds of a 31-3 loss at Georgia Tech, and possibly return to the national rankings. QB Scott Milanovich will again get the call, but should he falter, Brian Cummings is ready after two weeks of resting a broken big right toe. Wake's Rusty LaRue (79-for-132, 882 yards) lost his job after a season-opening loss to Appalachian State, but regained it when sophomore Brian Kuklick broke his right arm in a 35-9 loss at Tulane. The Demon Deacons won 30-7 at Navy two weeks ago, and played a decent second half against Virginia last week, but have lost nine straight ACC games at home and trail Maryland in the series, 31-11-1.

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