Virginia at Clemson
TV/Radio: 3:30 p.m., WJLA-7, WMAR-2, WPLC-FM-94.3
No. 22 Virginia (1-0)
There was a time when the Cavaliers couldn't beat the Tigers. Before the 1990s, Virginia was
0-29 against Clemson. But the Cavaliers have won four of their past five against the Tigers and are 5-3-1 against them this decade. Still, Virginia has won just twice at Death Valley. If last week's game against North Carolina is any evidence, RB Thomas Jones will again carry the team. He accounted for all but four yards of the Cavaliers' game-winning drive last week and rushed for 149 yards on a career-high 35 carries. QB Dan Ellis had a shaky first game as starter,
throwing three interceptions. But he found a strong target in WR Kevin Coffey, who had four catches for 101 yards and one touchdown. The defense seemed to adjust to the loss of six starters and didn't give North Carolina QB Ronald Curry much room to scramble.
Key Stat: North Carolina had 28 plays on first down against Virginia last week. Only 10 were for more than three yards.
Fast Fact: In its five victories over Clemson since 1978, Virginia has held the Tigers to fewer than 200 yards rushing.
Not much had changed under new coach Tommy Bowden in last week's 13-10 loss to Marshall. The Tigers gained just 104 rushing yards, fewer than their 120.4 yards per game last season. Place kickers Tony Lazzara and Chris Campbell missed three of four field goal attempts, including a 33-yarder that would have forced overtime with 10 seconds left. The defense played well, holding Heisman hopeful Chad Pennington without a touchdown pass for the first time in 27 games, but Clemson still can't win close games. The Tigers have lost eight of their past 15 games by a touchdown or less. To win, Clemson quarterbacks Brandon Streeter and Woody Dantzler will have to go after Virginia cornerbacks Dwayne Stukes and Antwan Harris, who suffered minor injuries last week.
Key Stat: WRs Gardner, Brian Wofford and Mal Lawyer combined for 22 catches for 222 yards last week.
Fast Fact: The Tigers' schedule doesn't get any easier after Virginia. They face
No. 11 Virginia Tech, North Carolina and
No. 23 N.C. State in their next three games.
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OTHER AREA GAMES
UAB (0-1) at Virginia Tech (1-0)
Time, TV: 1 p.m., ESPN; Radio: WAGE-1200, WMJS-FM-92.7.
Sidelights: On paper, this game looks like it could be a blowout. But the Blazers may pose
somewhat of a challenge to the Hokies. UAB hung tough with Missouri last week, blocking two punts before falling by three points. Still, the Hokies' defense should be too tough. Virginia Tech
QB Michael Vick, who rushed for three touchdowns last week, suffered a bruised lower left leg and sprained ankle in last week's game against James Madison and will not play today. Junior backup Dave Meyer will make his second college start. He completed 14 passes for 82 yards last week in relief of Vick. The Blazers haven't scored a point in two meetings with the Hokies over the past two seasons, losing, 37-0 and 41-0.
Western Carolina (1-0) at Maryland (1-0)
Time, Radio: 6 p.m., WTEM-980, WBAL-1090, WFMD-930.
Sidelights: It's only the second game of the season, but things already aren't looking good for the Terrapins. Last week, they scored just six points against Temple and were 0 for 15 on third-down conversions. Western Carolina's local newspaper, the Asheville Citizen-Times, ran a story calling Maryland "downtrodden" and said the opportunity for the Division I-AA Catamounts to beat an ACC foe for the first time in 21 attempts is "banging ... with two fists." The defense is definitely Maryland's strong point, as it held Temple to six first downs. LB Aaron Thompson had 15 tackles.
Hampton (1-0, 1-0 MEAC) vs. Howard (0-1, 0-0) at RFK
Time: 4 p.m.
Sidelights: After a rough start, new Howard starting QB Bobby Townsend performed admirably in a loss to Jackson State last week, throwing for 309 yards and almost leading the Bison back from a
21-0 deficit. He surprised some with his mobility, even though he was sacked seven times. The
offensive line must improve so Townsend doesn't have to carry the entire load. WR Elijah Thurmon had a career-best 10 catches and is dangerous. The Pirates are the top-ranked team in the black college poll and are No. 7 in the overall Division I-AA poll. RB Montrell Corey and FB Mike Jones combined to rush for 251 yards and all three of the Pirates' TDs last week in a 21-0 win over Delaware State.
Navy (0-1) at Kent (0-1)
Time, Radio: 6 p.m., WMAL-630, WNAV-1430, WJFK-1300.
Sidelights: Over the past 14 games dating to the end of the 1997 season, the Midshipmen are
5-9. Two of those wins have come against the Flashes, who have lost their past 14 games.
Both teams had trouble keeping their opponents off the scoreboard last week, with the Midshipmen losing, 49-21, to Georgia Tech and Kent falling, 41-3, to Cincinnati. Navy's defense will have less
trouble with Kent QB Jose Davis than it did with Georgia Tech QB Joe Hamilton. Davis had a horrible game against Cincinnati, completing 2 of 13 passes for 14 yards, but he had 359 yards passing last year against the Midshipmen.
Georgetown at Holy Cross, 1
Bowie State at Millersville, 1
Franklin & Marshall at Catholic, 1
Mont.-Rockville at Cayuga (N.Y.) JC, 1:30
No. 10 Georgia Tech at No. 1 Florida State
Time, TV: 8, WJLA-7, WMAR-2.
Records: Yellow Jackets 1-0, 0-0 ACC, Seminoles 1-0, 0-0.
Sidelights: It's a shame this battle for ACC supremacy had to come so early in the season. Both teams have played just one game and neither has been tested. Doak Campbell Stadium might be the hardest place to play in the nation and the Seminoles have won 41 in a row there, so the Yellow Jackets' task is even harder. If Georgia Tech is to knock Florida State off the top of the national polls and the ACC, it will have to overcome the Seminoles' speed on defense, especially the front four of Jamal Reynolds, Roland Seymour, Jerry Johnson and Corey Simon. Georgia Tech could be helped by a banged-up Florida State offense. Starting FB William McCray is out for the season with a broken
fibula, so former QB Dan Kendra will take his place. TE Nick Franklin also is out with injury.
No. 16 Notre Dame at No. 20 Purdue
Time, TV: 3:30, pay-per-view.
Records: Fighting Irish 1-1, Boilermakers 1-0.
Sidelights: Notre Dame must cut down on turnovers to win, since Purdue's offense is capable of scoring at will. The Irish have 10 giveaways already after committing just 13 turnovers all last
season. QB Jarious Jackson badly sprained his right big toe against Michigan last week but will play. Purdue QB Drew Brees has a huge incentive to win this game, since he threw a crucial interception in last year's game that eventually led to Notre Dame's winning score. Notre Dame's defensive backs have struggled in their two games, giving up 193 passing yards per game.
No. 14 UCLA at No. 13 Ohio State
Time, TV: 8, pay-per-view.
Records: Bruins 1-0, Buckeyes 0-1.
Sidelights: The two-quarterback system is all the rage this season, and these two teams are at the forefront of the movement. But Ohio State and UCLA are using two quarterbacks not because they have two of equal talent, but because the starters -- UCLA's Drew Bennett and Ohio State's Austin Moherman -- aren't getting the job done. So expect to see Cory Paus play for UCLA and Steve Bellisari get some snaps in relief for Ohio State. The Bruins, who get explosive WR Danny Farmer back from injury, are still without 11 players suspended because of the parking scandal. Ohio State RB Michael Wiley only had 72 yards in an opening-week loss to Miami. He should see the ball more.
Noon: Pittsburgh at Penn State (ESPN)
Noon: Rice at Michigan (ESPN2)
Noon: Miami, Ohio, at West Virginia (WJLA-7, WMAR-2)
Noon: Wake Forest at Army (HTS)
Noon: Ball State at Wisconsin (pay-per-view)
Noon: TCU at Northwestern (pay-per-view)
12:30 p.m.: Houston at Alabama (pay-per-view)
3:30 p.m.: Duke at East Carolina (HTS)
3:30 p.m.: California at Nebraska (pay-per-view)
5 p.m.: South Carolina at Georgia (ESPN2)
7 p.m.: Iowa at Iowa State (HTS)
8 p.m.: Texas at Rutgers (ESPN2)
8 p.m.: NE Louisiana at Minnesota (pay-per-view)
10:30 p.m.: Washington State at Stanford (HTS)
1 p.m.: Franklin & Marshall at Catholic (WCUA-FM-97.5)
6 p.m.: Northeastern at James Madison (WDCT-1310)
7 p.m.: William & Mary at N.C. State (WABS-780)
Fairfield at Iona, Noon
New Hampshire at Massachusetts, Noon
Wagner at Stony Brook, 12:30
Bucknell at Colgate, 1
Lehigh at Fordham, 1
Cent. Connecticut St. at Frostburg St., 1
St. Peter's at Marist, 1
Albany at Monmouth, 1
Siena at Sacred Heart, 1
St. Francis, Pa., at St. John's, N.Y., 1
Lafayette at Towson, 1
LaSalle at Duquesne, 1:30
Dayton at Robert Morris, 1:30
Akron at Buffalo, 7
Hofstra at Maine, 7
Canisius at Rochester, 7
Cent. Michigan at Syracuse, 8
Morgan St. at Bethune-Cookman, Noon
NW Louisiana at So. Miss., Noon
Elon at Delaware St., 1
Villanova at Richmond, 1
Concord at VMI, 1
Presbyterian at Charleston Southern, 1:30
Jacksonville at Davidson, 1:30
Connecticut at Kentucky, 1:30
Lambuth at Tenn.-Martin, 3
N. Illinois at Vanderbilt, 4
W. Virginia Tech at ETSU, 6
Benedict at S. Carolina St., 6
SMU at Tulane, 6
N. Carolina A&T at Winston-Salem, 6
E. Kentucky at Appalachian St., 7
Idaho at Auburn, 7
Delaware at Citadel, 7
Norfolk St. at Florida A&M, 7
Sam Houston St. at Louisiana Tech, 7
Chattanooga at Louisville, 7
Liberty at Marshall, 7
Arkansas St. at Mississippi, 7
Memphis at Mississippi St., 7
SW Texas St. at South Florida, 7
Jackson St. at Tennessee St., 7
Georgia Southern at Wofford, 7
Samford at Austin Peay, 7:30
Ark.-Pine Bluff at Southern, 7:30
Alcorn St. at Alabama St., 8
Alabama A&M at Grambling St., 8
North Texas at LSU, 8
Texas Tech at SW Louisiana, 8
Cumberland, Tenn. at W. Kentucky, 8
Tennessee Tech at Bowling Green, 1
E. Michigan at Michigan St., 1
Morehead St. at Butler, 2
MVSU at W. Illinois, 2
St. Ambrose at Drake, 2:30
Murray St. at S. Illinois, 2:30
San Diego St. at Illinois, 3:30
N. Iowa at Ohio, 6
Youngstown St. at W. Michigan, 6
Troy St. at Cincinnati, 7
SE Missouri at Illinois St., 7
North Carolina at Indiana, 7
CS Northridge at Kansas, 7
Texas Southern at SW Missouri St., 8
Tulsa at Oklahoma St., 12:30
UNLV at Baylor, 7
Howard Payne at Prairie View, 7
Indiana St. at Oklahoma, 7:30
W. New Mexico at Montana St., 2:30
Sacramento St. at Montana, 3
San Jose St. at Colorado, 3:30
UTEP at Oregon, 4
Humboldt St. at St. Mary's, Calif., 4
Weber St. at Wyoming, 4
Fresno St. at Oregon St., 6:30
New Mexico St. at New Mexico, 8
Fort Lewis at Idaho St., 8:30
S. Utah at Boise St., 9
Cent. Washington at E. Washington, 9
W. Washington at Portland St., 9
Stephen F. Austin at Utah St., 9
Whittier at San Diego, 10
E. Illinois at Hawaii, midnight
Where the Top 25 Play
1 Florida State
vs. Georgia Tech
Has won previous seven meetings.
2 Penn State
Has faced Panthers more than any other opponent.
Visits No. 4 Florida next week.
vs. Central Florida
First game vs. Fla. team other than Miami or FSU since 1953.
Held Iowa to 83 yards rushing last week.
RB Anthony Thomas has 9 rushing TDs in last 3 games.
7 Texas A&M
Hosts Tulsa next week.
Hosts No. 2 Penn State next week.
vs. Ball Statenoon
11-1 when RB Ron Dayne has at least 30 carries.
10 Georgia Tech
at Florida State
Last win vs. No. 1 team was 1990 against Virginia.
11 Virginia Tech
Held James Madison to 10 first downs last week.
vs. South Carolina
WR Terrence Edwards averaging 19.6 yards per catch.
13 Ohio State
Has not lost a home opener since 1978.
at Ohio State
Has won six of last seven games vs. ranked opponents.
Hosts Northeast Louisiana next week.
16 Notre Dame
Has minus-three turnover margin this season.
17 Kansas State
DE Darren Howard needs 3.5 sacks for KSU career mark.
18 Southern Cal
-- Hosts San Diego State next week.
vs. Middle Tennessee
WR Dennis Northcutt has a catch in 32 straight games.
vs. Notre Dame
Seven straight wins longest streak since 1979.
Will be without starting LBs Chris Horne and Ahmad Charles.
Given up just 2 TD passes vs. Tigers in '90s.
23 N.C. State
vs. William & Mary
Only 96 yards of total offense last week vs. South Carolina.
24 Colorado State
RB Kevin McDougal had 190 yards rushing, 2 TDs last week.
25 Arizona State
-- Hosts New Mexico State next week.