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Today's games

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Maryland (2-0, 1-0 ACC) at Wake Forest (2-0, 0-0)

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

Time: 3:30 p.m.

Radio: WNST (1570 AM); joined in progress on WBAL (1090 AM) after Orioles game.

Series: Maryland leads, 35-13-1

Last game: Maryland defeated Eastern Michigan on Sept. 8, 50-3; Wake Forest defeated Appalachian State on Sept. 8, 20-10.

Outlook: Recent traditions of bad seasons bind Maryland and Wake Forest, as do new coaches and strong starts in 2001. Maryland's Bruce Perry has 249 rushing yards in an offense that would like to be more about the pass, while Tarence Williams has 274 rushing yards for a Wake team that would prefer to run more. On defense, Maryland puts pressure on its secondary by blitzing a lot; Wake Forest uses a more conservative attack, and its defensive backs often sag. Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen will wait until game-time to make a decision between kickers Nick Novak and Vedad Siljkovic. Wake Forest would like to get a good effort from its quarterback tandem of James MacPherson and Anthony Young before it faces Florida State next week.

Boston College (1-1) at Navy (0-2)

Site: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

Time: Noon

Radio: WNAV (1430 AM), WJFK (1300 AM), WMAL (630 AM)

Series: Boston College leads, 15-11

Last game: Navy lost to Georgia Tech on Sept. 8, 70-7; Boston College lost to Stanford on Sept. 8, 38-22.

Outlook: The season resumes with the Midshipmen attempting to regroup from a blowout loss to Georgia Tech, their worst defeat in 121 years. The Eagles have been going back to basics after losing at Stanford. They feature TB William Green, the leading rusher in the Big East Conference with 307 yards, and WRs Dedrick Dewalt and former Navy player Ryan Read, who scored two TDs against Stanford. The Midshipmen must mount some semblance of a running game after netting only 155 yards in two games, especially with slotback Gene Reese questionable. Their highlights so far have been the kickoff returns of Tony Lane (eighth nationally) and the punting of John Skaggs (24th nationally).

Holy Cross (1-0) at Towson (1-1)

Site: Minnegan Stadium Time: 1 p.m. Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM) Series: Holy Cross leads, 3-1 Outlook: Holy Cross represents a tough Patriot League matchup for the Tigers, who have been riddled with injuries. At the top of the injury list is WR Jamal White (fractured ring finger, out six weeks). Senior LB Rusty McKinney (out three to six weeks with sprained knee) and senior backup tailback Ray Harris (lost for season with a ruptured patella tendon) also will be missed. RB Noah Read continues to be a bright spot for the Tigers with 168.5 rushing yards a game, third in Division I-AA. Holy Cross beat Towson, 17-14, last season.

Howard (0-2) at Morgan State (0-2)

Site: Hughes Stadium Time: 3.30 p.m. TV/radio: Comcast Sports Net, WEAA (88.9 FM)

Series: Morgan leads 32-31-3 Outlook: Morgan has established a new attitude with strong efforts on the road against Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference powers Florida A&M; and Bethune-Cookman in the first two weeks of the season. Now it's time for the Bears to end a 20-game MEAC losing streak in their return to newly renovated Hughes Stadium after being forced to play 14 home games on the road while the stadium was being refurbished. Morgan has not only discovered an outstanding field-goal kicker in John Varosholin (school-record four field goals two weeks ago in loss to Florida A&M;), but the Bears have a top-flight running back in Ali Culpepper, who's fifth in rushing in the country (Division 1-AA) with 161.5 yards a game. Howard will be led by WRs Jevante Philpot and Jay Colbert.

Ursinus (2-1) at Western Maryland (2-1)

Site: Bair Stadium Time: 1 p.m. Radio: WTTR (1470 AM) Series: Western Maryland leads, 18-5-1 Outlook: Western Maryland wasn't tested last week by overmatched Gettysburg, and this week the Green Terror will be a measuring stick for Ursinus, which surprised last week by playing Washington & Jefferson (ranked third in Division III) tough before losing, 16-7. Western Maryland is No. 12 in the Division III poll. Terror QB Boo Harris needed only a little more than a half to throw three touchdown passes to Teron Powell in the 55-7 rout of Gettysburg. Harris leads the team in passing (38 of 67, 10 TDs) and rushing (206 yards, three TDs). Powell has 15 receptions for 264 yards. Matt Wilchinkski (24 tackles) leads the defense Ursinus has 5-foot-2 RB Shearrod Duncan, who leads the Centennial Conference in rushing (171 yards a game) through two games.

Salisbury (1-2) at Greensboro (1-1)

Site: Jamieson Stadium, Greensboro, N.C. Time: 1 p.m. Radio: WICO (1320 AM) Series: Tied, 1-1 Outlook: The Sea Gulls' first major injury hit last week when senior LB Pat Brannan was lost for the season with a dislocated wrist in a 28-27 loss to Methodist. Brannan had been the leading tackler on the team the last two seasons. Salisbury blew a 21-0 early third-quarter lead in that game, its home opener. Methodist scored two late fourth-quarter touchdowns to win. RB Tony Ellis (93 yards rushing a game), FB Sean Montpetit (91.7 yards rushing a game) and QB Mac Mollett (56.4 completion percentage) are the top threats for the Sea Gulls.

West Virginia State (2-0) at Bowie State (0-2)

Site: Bulldog Stadium Time: 1 p.m. Series: West Virginia State leads , 3-0 Outlook: Bowie State's tale of two quarterbacks is not a good one, as Dante Harris and Kernis Faison are struggling. The two QBs have combined to complete just 17 of 45 passes, and they've thrown three interceptions. To make matters worse, there is not much of a ground game, as Caleb Cranke is the leader with 60 yards on 16 carries. But the Bulldogs have lost two games by a total of just five points thanks to big plays on punt returns and interceptions. West Virginia State is coming off an improbable 47-40 comeback victory over Union (Ky.) College two weeks ago. West Virginia State was trailing, 33-7, at halftime before QB Hollis Lewis got hot.

Frostburg (1-0) at Brockport State (2-1)

Site: Special Olympics Stadium, Brockport, N.Y. Time: 1:30 p.m. Radio: WFWM (91.9 FM) Series:Brockport leads, 5-4 Outlook: It has been two weeks since Division III Frostburg upset Division 1-AA Marist, 25-23, on a 30-yard field goal by freshman Nick Quisgard (John Carroll) with 1:23 left in the game. It was a promising start by a team hoping to bounce back from a 4-6 record last season, the school's first losing season in 11 years. QB Grant Burrough (C. Milton Wright) and RB DeNelle Hale (Dunbar) were also instrumental in the victory, and freshman WR Adam Snyder caught five passes for 64 yards. Burrough completed 20 of 34 passes for 176 yards and Hale scored two TDs.

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