Virginia wide receiver Herman Moore said there is a "better than 50-50" chance he will skip his senior season and make himself available for next year's NFL draft.

"Right now, I'm thinking about graduating and completing the season," Moore told the Roanoke Times & World-News. "But I'm not ruling out the possibility I'm leaving. At this point, I'd say it's better than 50-50."

Moore, a redshirt junior who holds the school record with 24 career touchdown catches and majors in rhetoric and communications studies, could earn his degree by completing the fall semester successfully and earning 13 credits in the spring.

"I would stay if I feel I can benefit from my last year," he said. "I don't know what the benefits would be, but there may be some things." . . .

Syracuse junior receiver Rob Carpenter similarly told the Syracuse (N.Y.) Post-Standard he's been considering early entry into the pros. Carpenter, a transfer from Notre Dame who has not yet played two full seasons with the Orangemen, is already sixth in school history in receptions (61) and receiving yards (1,230).

He would be the third Syracuse receiver in three years to leave school early, following Tommy Kane (Seattle Seahawks) and Rob Moore (New York Jets). Dolch Doing It Again

Former Bowie State coach Dave Dolch, who guided the Bulldogs from the depths of a 32-game losing streak to the Division II playoffs, is performing another resurrection at Morningside College.

The Division II school in Sioux City, Iowa, had lost 15 straight games when Dolch took over last season. He guided the Chiefs to victories his first two games, but they dropped their final nine. This season Morningside is 4-4, and before a current two-game losing streak had been ranked 14th in the national poll.

"I think each program is unique in itself," Dolch said. "I think the constants are you have to do a good job of recruiting, I think you have to have good retention and the third would be to put a good coaching staff together."

Dolch said he was thrilled that Bowie State -- which, in its first season under present coach Sanders Shiver won the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association title -- has maintained its competitive level without him. "Success without a successor is failure," he said. Tie at All Costs

After Baylor Coach Grant Teaff let the clock run out in a 20-20 tie with Texas A&M last week with the Bears in possession at the Aggies' 38-yard line, a fan ran onto the field and began yelling at Teaff for not trying harder for a victory. Teaff grabbed the intruder and the men had to be separated by a Baylor assistant coach and middle linebacker Lee Bruderer.

"We had just played as hard as any team I ever put on the field," Teaff said. "We displayed more courage this season than anyone could ask {with the death of offensive lineman John Karkoska}. It wasn't the right thing for him to say." . . .

California had not beaten UCLA since 1971, but Coach Bruce Snyder was not short on confidence in last week's meeting with the Bruins. Snyder walked onto the field in a T-shirt proclaiming: "The Streak Ends Here, October 20, 1990." And it did, 38-31.

"My thought was we would commit every single ounce of energy to getting this thing off our backs," Snyder said.

"We ran it down their throats," said California offensive lineman Troy Auzenne. "I wish there was a fifth quarter so we could run it down their throats some more." . . .

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock formally accepted an invitation to join the Sun Belt Conference as of next school year. The University of Arkansas system's trustees approved the move yesterday, taking UALR out of the Trans America Conference and setting it up to replace Colonial Athletic Association-bound Old Dominion in the Sun Belt. Shawn Moore's Big Score?

Only three teams have bettered 50 points a game for a season, and all had Heisman Trophy winners. That precedent holds promise for Virginia quarterback Shawn Moore, whose Cavaliers are averaging 48.1 points per game. The 1989 Houston team (53.5 points per game) had quarterback Andre Ware, the 1983 Nebraska squad (52) had running back Mike Rozier; and the 1944 Army team (56) had two Heisman winners, running backs Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis. . . .

Virginia is the first Atlantic Coast Conference team ranked No. 1 during the regular season since 1953, when Maryland held the top spot.