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William and Mary rallies to top George Mason

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William and Mary rallies to top George Mason

FAIRFAX, Va.  -- Nathan Knight scored 27 points with seven rebounds and Matt Milon added 22 points and William & Mary pushed its win streak to five with a 77-70 win over George Mason on Wednesday night.

The Tribe (6-2) lost two of its first three games before putting together the win streak. George Mason (4-5) now has lost four of its last five.

Jaire Grayer made a 3-pointer and Justin Kier added a layup and George Mason led 58-46 with 11:28 to play. But William & Mary outscored the Patriots 23-10 over the nine minutes and took the lead for good when Knight made a pair of free throws with 2:11 left.

Otis Livingston II and Grayer both missed jump shots for the Patriots, and the Tribe's Connor Burchfield made a 3 with 36 seconds for a 72-68 lead. George Mason was 2-for-7 shooting in the final 4:38.

Grayer led the Patriots with a career-high 24 points, Livingston scored 20 and Goanar Mar 10.

College Football 2019 Week 8 What to Watch: A pivotal week for the Coastal

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College Football 2019 Week 8 What to Watch: A pivotal week for the Coastal

Virginia and Duke currently sit atop the Coastal Division and will play one another on Saturday. A win over North Carolina could vault Virginia Tech back into the discussion. Maryland looks to rebound against Indiana, Navy hosts USF and Penn State unleashes the Whiteout against Michigan.

Here is a breakdown of all the local action.

Navy vs. South Florida

When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Md.
How to watch: CBSSN

How good has Navy's offense been this year? The Midshipmen are averaging 327.2 yards on the ground alone this season.  South Florida's offense is averaging 339.5 yards per game total.

Earlier in the season, it looked like the Bulls were on the brink of total collapse, but head coach Charlie Strong has rallied them in recent weeks and they are coming off a big win over BYU. Navy, meanwhile, is a legitimate contender in the AAC West division after a 45-17 blowout win over Tulsa.

Virginia Tech vs. North Carolina

When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, Va.
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington

It is make-or-break time for the Hokies with a pivotal matchup against the Tar Heels.

A blowout loss to Duke left Virginia Tech reeling, but a quarterback change steadied the ship as Hendon Hooker has led the Hokies to two straight wins including at Miami. The season can go in one of two directions at this point. A win over North Carolina will but them right back in the division hunt and only two wins away from extending the prized bowl streak. A loss and you can essentially kiss both the division and the bowl streak goodbye.

Maryland vs. Indiana

When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Maryland Stadium, College Park, Md.
How to watch: BTN

Maryland was handed a humbling 40-14 loss lost week by a Purdue team without its starting quarterback or star receiver. This week, they hope to get back on track against Indiana, but it looks like they will be doing it without Josh Jackson.

Check out the full preview here.

Virginia vs. Duke

When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, Va.
How to watch: ACCN

After starting the season 4-0, Virginia has dropped two straight and now will have to navigate the rest of the season without star cornerback Bryce Hall.

This is a game between the first and second place teams in the Coastal Division. While this division offers nothing but chaos seemingly every season, a win on Saturday will put either team in the driver's seat of the division.

If Virginia wants to find success, it will have to find a way to move the ball on the ground. The Cavaliers have relied far too much on Bryce Perkins the past two weeks. As great as he is, he cannot be expected to drop back 40+ times per game and be the team's leading rusher. He needs some help on offense.

Game of the week: No. 7 Penn State vs. No. 16 Michigan

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Beaver Stadium, University Park, Pa.
How to watch: ABC

The college football world will be treated to one of the great scenes in sports on Saturday: the Whiteout.

Jim Harbaugh takes his 1-9 record against top-10 teams into Happy Valley as he tries to keep Michigan's Big Ten hopes alive.  Penn State's vaunted defense, however, will be waiting for him and for a Wolverine offense that still has yet to find its identity under the khakied coach.

On NBC Sports Washington

Boston College vs. NC State

When: 12:00 p.m.
Where: Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill, Mass.
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington

Virginia State vs. Bowie State

When: 2:00 p.m.
Where: Rogers Stadium, Petersburg, Va.
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington Plus

Virginia Tech vs. North Carolina

When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday
Where: Lane Stadium, Blacksburg, Va.
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington

Richmond vs. Yale

When: 6:00 p.m. Saturday
Where: Robins Stadium, Richmond, Va.
How to watch: NBC Sports Washington Plus

Other local teams

Georgetown vs. Lafayette, 12 p.m. Saturday
Morgan State at South Carolina State, 1:30 p.m. Saturday on ESPN3
VMI at Mercer, 3:30 p.m. Saturday on ESPN+
James Madison at William & Mary, 3:30 p.m. Saturday
Old Dominion at UAB, 4 p.m. Saturday on ESPN+
Towson vs. Bucknell, 4 p.m. Saturday
Norfolk State at Bethune-Cookman, 4 p.m. Saturday on ESPN3
Hampton at Campbell, 4 p.m. Saturday on ESPN+
Liberty vs. Maine, 6 p.m. Saturday on ESPN+

Maryland vs. Indiana: Can the Terps keep Indiana’s pass attack grounded?

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Maryland vs. Indiana: Can the Terps keep Indiana’s pass attack grounded?

Maryland (3-3, 1-2 Big Ten) was handed a humbling 40-14 loss lost week by a Purdue team without its starting quarterback or star receiver. This week, they hope to get back on track against Indiana (4-2, 1-2 Big Ten). The game is set for 3:30 p.m. on Saturday on the Big Ten Network.

Here are four things to know for Saturday’s game.

Tyrrell Pigrome is expected to start

Quarterback Josh Jackson returned to practice this week, but there is no timetable yet for his return and Tyrrell Pigrome is expected to get the start again. Against Purdue, Pigrome completed 21 out of 39 passes for 218 yards and two interceptions. He added another 107 yards on the ground with 13 carries.

Needing Pigrome to attempt 39 passes is not a recipe for success. He is much better on the ground than through the air, but the Terps had no choice as the Boilermakers jumped out to a 13-0 first-quarter lead and never looked back.

With Pigrome under center, the Terps have got to get the ground game working. If they end up playing from behind again it will force them into more passing situations and limit what they can do on the ground which is the strength of this offense.

Indiana’s strength on offense is its pass attack

In contrast to Maryland’s offense, Indiana likes to throw the ball. Both teams are comparable in terms of total offense with the Terps averaging 439 total yards per game and the Hoosiers averaging 438.2. Where they differ is in the pass attack where Maryland averages 226.2 passing yards per game while Indiana averages 302.8.

Indiana freshman quarterback Michael Penix Jr. has been great after returning from injury. In his past two games, he has thrown three touchdown passes in each with over a 60-percent completion percentage. One of those games was against Michigan State which is no slouch on defense.

That’s not an ideal matchup considering the Terps rank 113th in passing defense, giving up 279.7 yards per game.

Indiana allowed 1 passing yard to Rutgers

Rutgers is bad at football. That is not exactly breaking news, but even bad football teams do not usually get embarrassed the way Indiana’s defense embarrassed the Scarlet Knights.

Maryland held Rutgers quarterback Johnny Langan to 13 completions for 163 yards when they played. Indiana, who played Rutgers just last week, held him to five completions and one yard.

It’s hard to do much better than that.

Indiana ranks 10th in the nation in pass defense so this could prove to be a very long day for Pigrome.

Indiana is 0-2 when allowed 140 rushing yards or more

The silver-lining for Maryland is that they want to run the football and, so far, teams that have been able to do so against Indiana have found success. In the Hoosier’s two losses this season, both times the defense gave up more than 140 rushing yards. Ohio State torched Indiana for 306 while Michigan State managed 142.

Maryland is averaging 212.8 yards on the ground this season. In last year’s matchup, the Terps managed a whopping 353 rushing yards...but still lost.

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