Virginia Coach Dick Bestwick was disappointed by his team's 31-27 loss to North Carolina State Saturday but encouraged by his team's second-half comeback from a 31-7 deficit. He was particularly pleased with his backfield.
Halfback Tommy Vigorito picked up 192 yards on 17 carries Saturday and Greg Taylor, who had 149 in a 31-0 win over Richmond, added 85.
"Tommy and Greg give us the best two running backs in any one backfield in the South, I think," Bestwick said. Of his sophomore quarterback, Todd Kirtley, a Robinson graduate, Bestwick said: "Todd was born mature."
Virginia's match with VMI Saturday in Charlottesville shapes up as a good game. The Keydets are 2-0 with wins over William and Mary and Richmond. Virginia wants revenge for last year's 17-9 loss.
Virginia Tech's 41-32 win over Appalachian State Saturday marked the first time since 1967 that the Hokies have gotten off to a 2-0 start. That year they started 7-0 . . . VPI picked up a stadium record 444 yards on the ground Saturday while Appalachian rolled up 509 yards in offense.
On the subject of winning and losing streaks: Clemson's loss leaves Alabama and Southern California tied for the nation's longest winning streak at 10 . . . Boston College kept the country's longest losing streak going, dropping No. 13 to Tennessee, 28-16. Northwestern, winless in 12 and with just one win in 23 over three seasons, broke that spell with a 27-22 victory over Wyoming . . . National freshman of the week had to be Penn State running back Curt Warner, from Wyoming, W. Va., who had 101 yards and three touchdowns on the ground in the Lions' 45-10 romp over Rutgers. Penn State now hosts Texas A&M, then travels to Nebraska before coming to Maryland Oct. 6.
Maryland's shutout of Clemson Saturday was the 19th for Jerry Claiborne in 85 games at College Park and his 13th in 41 games against ACC teams. It also gives him a 7-1 record against the Tigers and a 4-0 record in Death Valley.
The biggest upset in college football over the weekend had to be Wake Forest's stunning 22-21 victory over Georgia in Athens.
Additionally, the most upset coach in college football this weekend had to be John Mackovic of the Demon Deacons. Mackovic was enraged by the treatment given his team by the Georgia press prior to the game. Several writers referred to Wake Forest as "Mackovic's Meatballs."
After the game, Mackovic lashed out at the Georgia writers. "I've never had such dirty rotten stuff written about any team of mine in my life," he said angrily. "Mackovic's meatballs. Don't you know that these are a bunch of human beings?"