Sophomore quarterback Don Majkowski, who guided the University of Virginia to a come-from-behind 26-23 victory over Virginia Tech Saturday, will not be the starting quarterback when the Cavaliers face Duke this week.
Coach George Welsh said today that Kevin Ferguson, a sophomore who has started all four games this season for Virginia, will start again Saturday night in Durham, N.C. Ferguson completed four of 14 passes for 69 yards with three interceptions against the Hokies.
Majkowski entered the game in the second quarter and completed 10 of 17 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns. Majkowski was the quarterback when the Cavaliers drove for two fourth-quarter touchdowns that wiped out a 23-13 Tech lead and helped Virginia improve to 3-1.
"They're both young. They're going to be up and down," Welsh said. "Maybe next week it will be the other way around. Majkowski will definitely play. I don't think we've said that before. He's been practicing well and deserves to play some."
Welsh said he was more concerned about his team's ability to recover from two straight emotional games (against Navy and Virginia Tech) than he is about choosing a starting quarterback against Duke (1-2).
"Navy was an emotional game because I was going back there and Tech's a big state rivalry, so we were able to focus in on those two games," Welsh said. "But Duke is another matter. We'll have to see if we can do what we have to do to win. If you're going to have one (a letdown), this is when it's going to happen."
Welsh said he also is concerned about an inconsistent ground game. Virginia gained 85 yards on 41 carries against Tech.
"I feel like there's going to be a couple of weeks in there when we're going to have to be able to run the ball because we're not going to be able to pass the ball as well" as the Cavaliers did Saturday, he said.