- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 22, 2011

TEMPLE (2-1) at MARYLAND (1-1)
When: 12:30 p.m.
Where: Byrd Stadium
TV/radio: Chs. 20, 13, 980 AM, 92.7 FM, 94.3 FM
Breakdown: Maryland leads series 6-0 and won last meeting 38-7 in 2005 in Philadelphia. Maryland quarterback Danny O’Brien seeks to shake off the second three-interception game of his career as the Terrapins play their third straight home game. Wideout Kevin Dorsey is tied for 10th nationally with 8.5 receptions per game, and the junior was targeted on 16 passes in last week’s loss to West Virginia. Temple tailback Bernard Pierce ranks fourth in school history with 2,436 rushing yards and second with 33 rushing touchdowns. Maryland is 15-3 all-time against current Mid-American Conference schools.

When: 3:30 p.m.
Where:Scott Stadium, Charlottesville
TV/radio: CSN, 570 AM
Breakdown: Southern Mississippi won the teams’ only previous meeting 37-34 in 2009 in Hattiesburg, Miss. The Cavaliers look to rebound from their first loss of the season and will face a stern test from the Golden Eagles, one of the Conference USA preseason favorites. Virginia has scored in all 12 of its red zone trips this season (seven touchdowns, five field goals). Southern Mississippi defensive end Cordarro Law is tied for fifth nationally with seven tackles for loss. Cavaliers kicker Robert Randolph is tied for first nationally in field goals with nine through three games.

No. 13 VIRGINIA TECH (3-0) at MARSHALL (1-2)
When: 3:30 p.m.
Where: Joan C. Edwards Stadium, Huntington, W. Va.
TV/radio: CBS Sports Network, 106.7 FM, 1580 AM
Breakdown: Virginia Tech lead the series 8-2 and won last meeting 52-10 in 2009 in Blacksburg. The Hokies will attempt to complete their first perfect run through nonconference play since 2006. The Hokies rank in the top eight nationally in rushing defense (fourth), pass efficiency defense (fourth), total defense (eighth) and scoring defense (eighth). The Thundering Herd, meanwhile, is ranked below 90th (of 120 teams) in passing offense (91st), rushing offense (94th), total offense (105th) and scoring offense (107th). Senior Jarrett Boykin needs 57 yards to become the Hokies’ career receiving yardage leader.

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