Virginia's best start since 1952 was marred by the loss of wingback Quentin Walker for the season. Walker, a fifth-year senior, suffered a broken left leg when he was tackled while running a reverse in the fourth quarter Saturday night in Charlottesville.
His injury came during the winning drive of the Cavaliers' 21-14 victory over James Madison.
Against Duke in the season opener, Walker caught touchdown passes of 80 and 65 yards and ran a reverse for a 58-yard touchdown. Virginia (3-0) will travel to North Carolina State this week (in a game that has been moved to 12:30 p.m. to accommodate ABC-TV regional coverage) without its most versatile offensive player. Coach George Welsh said, "There are a lot of plays we won't be able to run because they were put in especially for Quentin and no one else can run them."
JMU scored both its touchdowns on long punt returns by Gary Clark, but the Cavaliers' defense showed it is vastly improved. In the last two weeks, the defense has allowed only one legitimate touchdown; the first touchdown scored by Navy last week came after an interception.
Navy (0-2) failed for the second straight week to take advantage of first-half scoring opportunities and lost at Mississippi State, 38-10. With the game still scoreless, Navy had first downs at the Bulldogs' 38, 13, 43 and 17, but did not score a point. One field goal was blocked from 49 yards and another attempt was wide from 33 yards.
"We have a two-game history now of moving the ball between the 20-yard lines and not punching it in," Navy Coach Gary Tranquill said.
Mississippi State couldn't score on its first seven possessions, but did on six of the last seven. Navy stopped the Bulldogs once on a spectacular interception by cornerback Eric Wallace, who recovered a fumble and even caught a 46-yard pass late in the game to set up Navy's only touchdown. "He gives us a dimension out there that we don't normally have," Tranquill said.
The usual heroes for Navy--Napoleon McCallum and Andy Ponseigo--played well again. McCallum ran for 152 yards and Ponseigo recorded 16 tackles, 11 unassisted.
Joe Taylor won his first game as coach at Howard, 20-17, over Bethune-Cookman, in Jacksonville. He credited one major adjustment with the Bison's (1-2, 1-1 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) offensive improvement.
"We changed our dropback passes to rollouts, which got us away from the trees that had been coming at us," Taylor said. "That, and our more intense practices during the week were the difference. And we had a closed-door meeting session last Sunday and reminded some guys we had agreed before the season to do our best."
Nationally: Several top 20 teams were upset Saturday, including No. 8 Michigan losing to Washington, 25-24, in Seattle on a touchdown pass from Steve Pelluer to Mark Pattison, then a two-point conversion pass from Pattison to Larry Michael with 34 seconds remaining. Michigan Coach Bo Schembechler said, "I told Don James (the Washington coach) that we'd both have good teams later. Right now, neither of us does."