Not surprisingly, Virginia Coach Dick Bestwick's first reaction to his team's 6-3 victory over Navy Saturday was praise.
"It's nice to know," he said soon after the final whistle, "that Virginia football has gotten to the point where it can win with its defense."
But yesterday, after reviewing game films and giving some thought to his offense, Bestwick changed his tune. He said he was disappointed and frustrated with the performance of his young receivers and their failure to efficiently relay plays from the sidelines and recognize basic defensive alignments.
Best wick's star tailback-turned-receiver, Greg Taylor, still suffering from a pulled right hamstring, probably will miss practice this week and is doubtful for Saturday's game against North Carolina State in Scott Stadium.
Navy Coach George Welsh has injury worries of his own. Starting defensive end Steve Chambers will undergo examinations today to determine the extent of a knee injury suffered in the Cavalier game.
Meanwhile, the Howard team could have flown the first scheduled cloud back from Charleston, W. Va., where the Bison overcame three quarters of mistakes and bad luck to beat West Virginia State, 19-6, with 16 points in the final six minutes of the fourth quarter.
The Bison roamed Laidley Field for 281 yards rushing, 117 by tailback Greg Banes, who turned in a magnificent three-quarter performance. Almost as impressive were quarterback Ron Wilson, who ran for 70 yards and completed eight of 13 passes, and defensive end Larry Hamilton. Bison players felt the season-opening victory was special because of the recent harsh criticism of the university's football program.
On the national scene, top-ranked Ohio State survived a scare from Syracuse by scoring three touchdowns and three field goals to overcome an 18-point deficit and beat the Orange men, 31-21, in Columbus. In Saturday night games, Arizona State upset eighth-ranked Houston, 29-13; fourth-ranked Southern California held off Tennessee, 20-17, and Southern Methodist had an easy time beating rival North Texas State, 28-9.