Virginia 51, Temple 3
There's nothing like playing Temple to boost an ailing running game.
Wali Lundy ran for four touchdowns and Jason Snelling ran for two more as the Cavaliers beat the Owls, 51-3, on Saturday.
Lundy, slowed for much of the season with a foot injury, finished with 113 yards on 19 carries. Snelling ran for 126 yards on 17 carries.
In six previous games, Lundy had gained 191 yards. Snelling, who sometimes lines up at fullback, had gained 88 yards in seven games. Neither had scored a touchdown all season, though Lundy had scored 33 touchdowns in three previous seasons with the Cavaliers.
Lundy said that his foot felt healthy for the first time since the start of the season.
"It just felt good to be my normal self, 100 percent," Lundy said. "I felt like it was time for me to step up and have a big game."
Virginia Coach Al Groh said he also noticed during practice that Lundy's injury had improved significantly.
"Not so much more speed . . . but more confidence in making that cut and taking advantage of what was there," Groh said.
The Owls managed seven yards rushing and 170 yards of total offense, most of it coming against Virginia's backups after the game was out of hand.
Virginia, coming off a bye week after a 7-5 loss to North Carolina, amassed 449 yards of offense and likely would have gained much more except for starting six of its first 10 possessions in Temple territory.
The Cavaliers (5-3) need one win in their final three games to be eligible for a bowl game. They finish the season with home games against Georgia Tech and Virginia Tech and a road game against Miami.
"I'm not trying to be a killjoy. I thought it was a good win . . . but we know we've got tougher tests coming," Groh said.
Temple (0-10) must win Nov. 19 at Navy to avoid its first winless season since 1959. Temple technically finished 0-11 in 1986 but only because they had to forfeit six wins because of an ineligible player.
Temple Coach Bobby Wallace, who will not return next year, said the Owls "could play Virginia 19 times, and 20 times it would be just like that."
"I'm excited about not coaching" after the season, Wallace said. "I'm excited about spending time with my family. I'm looking forward to that."
Senior Mike McGann replaced an injured freshman Joe DeSanzo at quarterback for the Owls in the second half, but it did not help. McGann threw an interception on his first pass, and running back Georg Coleman fumbled on the second possession of the half. Both turnovers resulted in Virginia touchdowns and a 41-0 lead early in the third quarter.