While Virginia was frustrated at its wasted opportunities, Maryland was sighing in relief and Navy was probably just sighing after their football weekend.
Maryland rebounded from an opening loss to Syracuse to defeat Virginia, 21-19, Saturday at Byrd Stadium. For Maryland Coach Joe Krivak, his first victory as a college head coach "was sort of getting over the hump," he said yesterday.
Navy stumbled against Division I-AA William and Mary, 27-12, in Elliot Uzelac's first game as the Midshipmen's coach.
Virginia, now 0-2 with Virginia Tech coming to Charlottesville this week, appears as though it will continue to use two quarterbacks. Senior Scott Secules was seven of 19 for 61 yards with one interception Saturday; redshirt freshman Shawn Moore eight of nine for 90 yards. Moore threw for one touchdown and ran for a second, which gave Virginia a chance to tie, only to flub a try for a two-point conversion.
"This year we're not going with one quarterback; we're going with two," said Coach George Welsh. "And I don't think it's hurt the team, and that's why we're doing it. If my mind changes, I'll tell you."
After reviewing game film, Krivak said he was pleased with some improved performances by his offensive line.
Offensive line coach John Zernhelt said of the turnaround from a week ago, "Either it wakes you up, or you get worse."
Bren Lowery was the leading rusher for Maryland with 90 yards on 27 carries.
"We think we improved this week," running backs coach Tony Whittlesey said. "Compared to the Syracuse game, we ran harder, blocked better and made some strides. We're not where we want to be. We've got some backs with some speed and we've got to use that better. We didn't get any long runs."
Quarterback Dan Henning was 15 of 26 for 182 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions.
"He had some mistakes, which we've got to get corrected," Krivak said of Henning. "We can't turn the ball over in the second half like we did. But it's not a major problem. We'll just continue to work on it."
Defensively, "We played a lot better than we did last week," Maryland free safety Chad Sydnor said. "The first series we were all going to stay deeper. After a while we started to play it regular."
The Terrapins (1-0, 1-1) face West Virginia Saturday at Byrd Stadium, before consecutive road games against North Carolina State, Miami and Wake Forest. "We needed a win," Whittlesey said. "Otherwise it was going to be a giant uphill climb."
Lehigh is next for Navy, which spotted William and Mary a 27-0 lead by making a slew of mistakes. The Navy wishbone and its quarterback, John Nobers, did not have an auspicious debut.
"John played much more erratically in the game than he did in practice and I have to take some of the blame for that," said quarterbacks coach Greg Seamon. "Perhaps I didn't make practice challenging . . . I will correct that this week."
Howard opened by rolling over Newberry, 45-0. But one of the toughest stretches of the season starts this week when Howard faces Bethune-Cookman. In two weeks, it's South Carolina State.
"More than anything else it gets us a game under our belts," Howard Coach Willie Jeffries said yesterday. "We got to see our guys play against someone else for 60 minutes. In the first game, you want to play your regulars as long as you can to get them accustomed to playing a whole game."