Maryland starters Eric Sievers and John Baldante will find out today the extent of the knee injuries they suffered in the 19-0 win over Clemson Saturday.
Sievers is one of the team's best blockers from his tight end position and Baldante is the starting safety in a secondary already depleted by injuries.
Maryland has already lost starting cornerback Lloyd Burruss, who broke a leg in the preseason, and Steve Trimble, who suffered a separated shoulder in the fourth quarter Saturday. Trimble will be out three to four weeks.
Trimble's spot will be taken by junior Sam Medile, who has limited playing experience. Baldante had been alternating at his position with Ralph Lary, who played almost the whole game Saturday and came up with three interceptions and a number of jarring tackles.
But with Burruss, Trimble and Baldante out, the Terps will have cleaned out their first team secondary only two weeks into the season and have virtually no experienced depth left in the defensive backfield.
Baldante said after the game that the pain in his knee was not severe, but he was limping noticeably when he walked. Sievers insisted that the injury was not serious. "It'll be all right," the senior said. "It doesn't feel bad at all."
Maryland Coach Jerry Claiborne said yesterday he will make several lineup changes for next week's home game against Mississippi State.
On the offensive line, Scott Fanz will start at guard over Larry Stewart, and Chris Gary will start ahead of Kyle Lorton. Claiborne said that Stewart and Lorton will continue to play extensively but that Fanz and Gray's Saturday grades were better.
Gary Ellis, who was the starting split end at the end of spring practice but missed preseason practice with mononucleosis, will be ready to play next week.
After looking at films of the Clemson game, Claiborne said he was somewhat concerned about his team's pass blocking -- the Terps were sacked 12 times for losses of 49 yards in the game.
"I thought at first that Mike Tice wasn't picking up the receivers quick enough," he said. "But on the film it looked like he just didn't have time to throw the ball. We didn't pick up some of their stunts well."
That may partially explain the lineup changes up front. Claiborne was delighted with his team's straightahead blocking that contributed to Charlie Wysocki's 178 yards on 32 carries -- giving him 339 yards in two games.
At Howard, when fullback Ray Cryer scored on a 16-yard run for one of Howard's three fourth-quarter touchdowns against Maryland-Eastern Shore, Bison Coach Floyd Keith leaped over the team bench and raised a fist in jubilation.
"I was happy with our fourth-quarter effort; we were still going strong," Keith said. "But I almost missed going over that bench.:
The Bison missed few opportunities on offense as they put together three long scoring drives and got a brilliant 59-yard punt return for a touchdown from Greg Scott in a 38-20 victory.
Keith cited the blocking of guards John Bilberry, who was starting his first game, and John (Bear) Jenkins, both of whom graded close strong," Keith said. "But I almost missed going over that bench." from last week," Keith said.
However, Howard's defense -- a veteran unit compared to the offense -- was still a cause for concern, as it gave up 382 yards.
The Bison now have to prepare for their toughest fortnight of the season. Next week's opponent is five-time defending Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champ South Carolina State, and the following week the Bison face defending national I-AA champion Florida A&M.
Navy opened its season with a 26-7 victory over The Citadel. But the Mids carried over a bad case of the fumbles from last season.
"We lost three fumbles and that's not so good," Coach George Welsh said. "We fumbled a lot last year and I thought we'd gotten over it.
"Maybe it was because we hadn't hit anything for two weeks. There were so many injuries and people with viruses, that I had to call off the final preseason scrimmage."
Virginia Coach Dick Bestwick blamed the Cavalier specialty teams -- particularly the punt and kickoff coverage units -- for his team's 31-27 loss to N.C. State.
"It put us in the hole defensively," Bestwick said. "We've had six of eight quarters in which we held the other guys scoreless. It could have been more, had our specialty teams played well in the first half Saturday."
The Wolfpack led by intermission, 31-7. "I was greatly encouraged by our tremendous comeback effort," Bestwick said. "It was a gutsy demonstration of character."
Fifth-ranked Purdue had heralded quarterback Mark Herrmann, but UCLA's Rick Bashore stole the thunder in the 31-21 Bruin upset in Los Angeles.Bashore scored on a one-yard run and fired two touchdown passes as the hosts scored on their first three possessions.
Southern Methodist junior quarterback Mike Ford, the 1978 national total offense leader, was lost to the Mustangs for the season with a torn knee ligament suffered in SMU's 27-7 victory over Texas Christian.
Kentucky Coach Fran Curci said Sunday that he would ask that the Southeastern Conference fire the official who called a costly clipping penalty againt Wildcat split end Jim Campbell. The call nullified a 13-yard scoring run by the Wildcats with four seconds remaining in their 15-14 loss to Miami of Ohio.
After viewing slow-motion replays of the incident, Curci contended that no contact had been made. Curci did not disclose the name of the official whom he called "incompetent," however, a University of Kentucky spokesman said it was linesman Norbert Ackerman of Knoxville, Tenn.