William and Mary's defense has not allowed a touchdown in the first two games of the season, but this week the Indians will be going against a Villanova team that has come from behind to win its first two contests.
Both Virginia Military Insitute and Connecticut managed only a single field goal each in their games against William and Mary, and Villanova Coach Dick Bedsem knows the job facing his Wildcats.
"Defensively, they're well-balanced," said Bedesem, whose team has beaten Bowling Green, 35-28, and Massachuestts. 25-21. "You can see it is their statistics. They have yet to give up a touchdown."
Last year in Williamsburg, the Indians topped Villanova, 28-8, and hold a 4-2 edge in the series.
"They embarrassed us last year." Bedesem said. "We must improve on last year's performance."
William and Mary Coach Jim Root says he is impressed by the ability of quarterback Pat O'Brien to run Villanova's wishbone formation.
"I'm very impressed with their ability to play their game with the wishbone and also go to the pass with a great deal of success," Root said. "Not many wishbone teams are able to do that. Their quarterback is an excellent athlete who really takes charge."
Bedesem is as impressed by Tom Rozanta, W&M's quarterback.
In other games this weekend involving Virginia's major colleges. Virginia Tech plays host to Auburn. Richmond looks for its first victory at Appalachian State , Virginia goes after its first points at Army and VMI travels to the Citadel.
In small-college games, Norfolk State entertains Elizabeth City State, St. Paul's entertains Virginia Stae, Washington and Lee plays Centre, Bridgewater plays host to Maryville, Hampton travels to J.C. Smith, Virginia Union plays at Winston-Salem State. Liberty Baptist travels to Bowie, Emory and Henry visits Guilford and Randolph-Macon takes on Townson State.
Richmond is 0-3, but the Spiders have lost by a total of only five points (10-7 to Southern Mississippi, 14-13 to West Virginia and 7-6 to Wisconsin).
The Spiders defense played well in all three contests and free safety Jeff Nixon set a school record for punt-return yardage in a single game with 160 yards in seven returns against Wisconsin. But the rest of the Spider attack has sputtered.
Appalachian State, on the otherhand, has piled up a lot of points - 35-14 over Wofford and 28-7 over Marshall, Richmond topped the Mountaineers, 21-13, last year, but Spider Coach Jim Tait is not anticipating an easy game.
Virginia is 0-2 and has not scored a point in 14-0 and 32-0 lossed to Wake Fores and Navy.
"Our skilled people were really bad," Virginia Coach Dick Bestwick said of the Navy game. "Our offensive line improved; they were finally blocking people. But our skilled people did things you don't expect skilled people to do."
Sophomore Mickey Spady will start at quarterback against Army, and Bestwick hopes improved play will let the Cavaliers score some points and, perhaps a victory.
Virginia Tech, rebounding from a 35-33 loss to Tulsa, humbled Wake Forest, 28-6 lst week, but the toughest part of the Gobblers' schedule begins the Southeast Conference foe Auburn, 45-32 victor over Kansas State.
"I realize the Auburn prlgram of the last couple of years hasn't been what it was in the past, but you can take my word for it, they are back," Gobbler Coach Bill Dooley said.