Although he saw a multitude of mistakes in Saturday night's 25-11 season-opening loss to Syracuse, Maryland Coach Joe Krivak said yesterday he is not about to panic.

"I don't think you want to change things," Krivak said. "That might be the worst thing. It's not what we're doing. It's how we're doing it. If anything, we might be trying to do too much on offense. You've got to block and tackle, run and pitch and catch. That part never changes."

Another part is not expected to change for the Terrapins. Krivak said wide receiver James Milling, the team's leading pass-catcher last year who broke his finger eight days ago and missed the Syracuse game, probably will not be ready to play against Virginia Saturday.

For the most part, the Terrapins failed in all aspects of the game Saturday night in the Carrier Dome.

The front seven stopped the Syracuse running attack reasonably well, although there were lapses. The defensive secondary made three interceptions, but only after giving up several long completions to set up Syracuse scores.

"We played pretty good at times, but there were some very big mistakes," Krivak said. "We made some plays against the pass where we looked like junior high kids."

The offense's troubles might have been the most surprising. On the ground, Maryland got 18 yards on 17 carries in the first half. The Terrapins' vaunted passing attack sputtered. The only touchdown came with 28 seconds left in the game and was essentially meaningless.

"I can't think of anything we did real well, except punt the ball," center Bill Hughes said yesterday. Indeed, punter Darryl Wright averaged 44.1 yards on seven punts.

"We played real poorly up front is basically what happened," Hughes said. "And once we couldn't get the running game going, it's tough to pass on every down."

As for possible lineup changes, Krivak said, "We'll discuss it and see if it would really help us. There's enough blame to go around, so I don't want to single people out. But if we think it will help then we will."

The Terrapins (0-1) will try to regroup for Saturday's home opener at Byrd Stadium against Virginia. The Cavaliers (0-1) also lost Saturday, but seemed to play better than expected, giving 20th-ranked Georgia all it could handle before losing, 30-22.

Virginia led, 14-0, and 14-10 at the half. But after intermission, the Bulldogs cut loose Lars Tate, who finished the day with 218 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries.

"He's a very good running back," said Virginia linebacker David Griggs. "You don't want to be one-on-one {with him}."

Virginia's starting quarterback, Scott Secules, was 11 of 13 for 182 yards, two touchdowns and one interception through the first three quarters. In the first half, Coach George Welsh also briefly used redshirt freshman Shawn Moore.

"Hopefully, it's still my job," Secules said. "I think it is. I didn't think I had a poor football game."

Maryland used its second offensive line extensively. Some of that was designed to give the first group a break so it would be fresh in the fourth quarter. But some of the substitutions were due to ineffective play by starters.

"It didn't make a whole lot difference who we had in there," Krivak said Saturday night. "We were getting whipped."

One of the more ominous aspects of the line play is that Maryland has several teams (Miami, Penn State, North Carolina, Clemson) remaining on its schedule that likely will be better than Syracuse.

"It's a real concern down the road," Krivak said. "But it can change. I thought Syracuse played well, but we had plenty of opportunities to win."

Besides stopping Maryland on the ground, the Syracuse defensive line sacked quarterback Dan Henning three times in the first half and twice in the second.

Saturday was the first time since 1970 that Krivak spent an entire game on the field, having spent most of his career as an assistant coach calling plays or helping to call plays from the press box.

"It was uncomfortable," he said yesterday. "There was no sync to the offense. I never got to the point where I felt I was in a groove or had rhythm."