7:00 PM ET, August 30, 2003
Scott Stadium, Charlottesville, VA
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) -- Virginia got off to the kind of start it was looking for, but with Matt Schaub watching the end of the game with his arm in a sling, some things will have to change quickly for the No. 18 Cavaliers.
"This game has redefined our team," coach Al Groh said after the Cavalier's 27-0 victory Duke on Saturday night, engineered mostly by redshirt freshman Anthony Martinez at quarterback. It was Virginia's first shutout since 1998.
Schaub went down on the 13th play from scrimmage, getting sacked for a 12-yard loss and landing hard on his right shoulder. He stayed in for two more plays, including a field goal, before Martinez took over.
Groh gave no information about Schaub's injury after the game, and Schaub told reporters he wasn't sure if he had separated the shoulder.
"We don't talk about injuries," Groh said.
After overcoming some admitted jitters on his first two series, Martinez showed some of the promise that made him one of Virginia's most improved players during preseason. He was 6-for-15 for 76 yards, threw a touchdown pass to Heath Miller and a deep ball to set up another score.
"Nervous," Martinez said about his first game action. "When I saw Matt get hit and I saw him grab his shoulder, my heart dropped. I had to get my focus and I realized I had to go in and win the game for my team."
It was more like not doing anything to lose it, but he did make some plays and let a trio of tailbacks and a shifty wide receiver do the rest in sending the Blue Devils to their record 26th consecutive ACC loss.
Martinez's 39-yard pass to Art Thomas set up Wali Lundy's 2-yard run. His pass to Miller over a defender in the right corner of the end zone made it 17-0 less than a minute before halftime. And he handed the ball off time and again as the Cavaliers gained 204 of their 376 yards on the ground.
"We knew we had to run the ball," guard EltonBrown said. "And that's what we did. We had to show everybody that we can run the ball, too."
And now, with a game at South Carolina ahead next week, the Cavaliers appear destined to have to win without Schaub for several weeks.
"Our team was redefined and that's the way we're probably going to be playing for a little bit, and that's the way it is," Groh said.
Schaub will be evaluated on a day-to-day basis, Groh said.
With the offensive leader on the sidelines, the defense did plenty to ensure the Cavaliers' first victory in their opener in four seasons. Duke gained just 272 yards and was stopped on downs at the Cavaliers 25 late.
"Virginia beat us in every phase of the game," Duke coach Carl Franks said. "They ran the ball very well, and we had a difficult time tackling."
It also didn't help the Blue Devils that Martinez eventually got more comfortable after his first four passes all fell incomplete.
He threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Miller just before halftime, giving the Cavaliers a 17-0 lead. Virginia also got touchdown runs from Lundy and wideout Marques Hagans, who took in a lateral from 14 yards out.
Groh gave Martinez a passing grade for his first time out.
"He brought his team home," he said. "I always say a quarterback is judged by his pelts, and he's got one now."