When Joe Krivak approached the practice field yesterday, he was approached by a representative from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes who congratulated the Maryland coach on last Saturday's victory over Virginia Tech and offered "one down, 11 more to go."

After Krivak corrected the man, telling him that there were only 10 games left in the season, someone told the coach that maybe the visitor was suggesting that Maryland would be playing in a bowl game.

"That would be a little premature, don't you think?" Krivak asked. "Then again, he works for FCA; maybe he knows something that none of us do."

You've Got to Have Faith

While emphasizing that he's "more concerned about what's happening to us" in Saturday's game at West Virginia, Krivak has expressed some curiosity about another big matchup -- Clemson at Virginia.

"I'm sure if you ask George {Virginia Coach Welsh} he'll say that he doesn't have anything, but they scored 59 points last Saturday" in a victory over Kansas, Krivak said. "He's got the two Moores {quarterback Shawn and wide receiver Herman} so I know he's got talent; of course, Clemson has some players too."

Although the Cavaliers have lost all 29 meetings between the schools, Krivak added: "I'm sure they're fighting the same thing we are with Penn State. {Breaking through} depends on how their kids deal with it." Before a 13-13 tie last season Maryland had lost 24 straight games to the Nittany Lions. . . .

Maryland's contest against the Mountaineers is the first in a stretch of five straight games against 1989 bowl teams. Of that stretch, Krivak said: "That means we have an opportunity; it's a good team and a good program, we have a chance to go into a situation and make something positive of it."

The coach added that West Virginia is fond of saying it uses the Maryland game as a barometer for the season. During the last 10 years, West Virginia has beaten the Terrapins five times, going on to an overall record of 46-13-1 with five bowl appearances. In the five seasons in which they've lost to Maryland, the Mountaineers are 31-26-1 with two bowl bids.