ANNAPOLIS, SEPT. 19 -- A film that might persuade one critic to throw darts could be another's Oscar nominee. In the case of Navy's 56-14 weekend loss to Virginia, one would expect the Midshipmen to burn the film, Villanova to scrutinize it for tips that might lead to a similar performance. Instead, the opposite occurred.

"It may sound ridiculous, but I think after reviewing the film, we have more confidence," Navy Coach George Chaump said today. "The players realize they could have done better if they'd done a few things differently. I realize there are always ifs, but I think in this case, we can make it a positive experience.

"If you're going to lose a game, you'd better learn something. I think we learned a lot."

Meanwhile, Villanova decided it would make more sense to watch film of Navy's 28-17 season-opening victory over Richmond than to try to copy Virginia's technique.

"You can't get a good look at a team from a game like that," said Damon Green, the Wildcats' superb senior linebacker out of Archbishop Carroll High School. "Virginia has some big studs and they made it tough on Navy. We'd love to do the same thing, but I think the Richmond film would be more meaningful. Richmond is in our league {the Yankee Conference} and I think Navy probably will try to do the same things against us that they used to beat them."

Just as the Richmond result was important to getting the Chaump era started properly, so the outcome of Saturday's game here against Villanova is vital to getting things back in sync after what was, unquestionably, a disaster in Charlottesville.

"We're right back where we started," Chaump said. "We played a very good team in Virginia and naturally you hope for a big upset, or that you'll at least be highly respectable. We weren't either and now we're back with one of those games we have to win."

Although Villanova is a Division I-AA team, it is a good one, having posted an 8-4 record last season while qualifying for the postseason playoffs. In their opener this year, the Wildcats thrashed a good Maine team, but last week they also went to Virginia and were embarrassed, 37-14, by William and Mary.

"When you've been playing football a while, you're bound to slip up a week and I guess that's what happened," Green said. "I thought we were prepared for the game and up for it, but it didn't work out that way. I was very hurt about it. We had a few scores to settle with William and Mary, and it didn't happen.

"Losing like that definitely gives us added incentive against Navy. We need that game. They have a pretty tough schedule and hopefully they'll take us a little light and we can sneak up on them, have some fun."

Green, the Wildcats' leading tackler after two games with 21, will have his own rooting section, including his grandmother, who has not seen him play football since he was a youth league performer in District Heights.

Two other Carroll graduates are important players for the Wildcats. Split end Greg Downs, a cocaptain, is their leading receiver with 11 catches for 128 yards. Sophomore Orin Solomon is a starting cornerback as well as a kick returner.

Villanova's No. 1 quarterback is 5-7 Tom Colombo, a redshirt sophomore from Brockton, Mass., whose father Armond coaches the Brockton High team that plays De Matha next week. Colombo is a nephew of onetime heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano.

"Tommy came here as a walk-on and put three of our scholarship players on the bench," said Villanova Coach Andy Talley. "He's like a small clone of Rocky -- an intense, tough kid."

Alton Grizzard, Navy's quarterback, has amassed 4,394 yards of total offense and needs only 13 more to become the academy's all-time leader. Chaump kept Grizzard in to the finish of the Virginia game.