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Lundy has field day with Owls' porous defense

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Once Wali Lundy calmed down, he took over.

Lundy ran for 104 yards and three touchdowns, and Alvin Pearman
returned a punt 70 yards for a score to lead Virginia (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today; No. 16 AP) to a
44-14 win over Temple on Saturday.

Lundy, from nearby Willingboro, N.J., acknowledged some pregame
jitters with dozens of friends and family in the stands, including
the grandmother that raised him. He didn't receive nearly enough
tickets to accommodate all the requests.

"Before the game I might have been thinking about it a little
too much," he said. "I was a little hyper coming back to play
where I grew up."

Lundy said it took him a couple of carries before he finally
felt comfortable. Not long after, he was on his way to his eighth
career 100-yard game and the Cavaliers on their way to a rout.

"Everything he does, he does right," Virginia coach Al Groh
said.

It seemed the Cavaliers did everything right against the Owls.
Not surprisingly, this wasn't much of a game as Temple was awful
even by its own low standards.

The Owls had porous pass protection, off-target throws and more
fumbles (four) than third-down conversions (two). It seemed like
one big lowlight reel of why the Owls have 13 straight losing
seasons and are getting kicked out of the Big East after this
season.

Cavaliers fans even took over Temple's homefield, with most of
the lower bowl of Lincoln Financial Field filled with orange-clad
Virginia supporters.

It got ugly early as the Cavaliers backed up their highest
ranking since 1998 and extended Temple's losing streak against Top
25 teams to 18 games.

Quarterback Walter Washington fumbled on Temple's first
possession and Virginia turned that into a 39-yard field goal by
Connor Hughes. On the Owls' next possession, Tim Brown fumbled and
five plays later Lundy broke left and had his first score on a
3-yard run for a 10-0 lead.

"It certainly gave the players a charge," Groh said of the
early turnovers. "It gives you a spark and gives you some
confidence."

Lundy led from there, picking up where he left off last year
when he ran for a career-high 929 yards and led the ACC with 14
total touchdowns. Stuck on 99 yards, he carried once in the fourth
quarter to get over the 100-yard mark.

"I probably would have been sour, but I played good enough to
help my team," he said.

Lundy added a 2-yard TD run late in the first quarter -- after
Marques Hagans connected over the middle with Michael McGrew for a
44-yard gain -- and a 6-yard scoring run in the second.

On the 6-yarder, Lundy broke right, slipped by one would-be
tackler and shook off another before lunging into the end zone.
Temple's tackling was no better than its blocking.

Pearman's 70-yard punt return opened the second quarter, helping
the Cavaliers take a 30-0 lead into halftime.

"They just jumped on us," Temple coach Bobby Wallace said. "I
think up front, they whipped us on both sides of the ball, badly."

Hagans finished 17-for-22 for 211 yards and rushed and threw for
a touchdown.

Temple's first-half highlight came on a fake punt that Troy
Bennett ran 26 yards for a first down. The excitement didn't last
long -- Washington was sacked twice and Temple punted on
fourth-and-23.

It was a long day for Washington, who confidently talked of
leading Temple to a bowl game and wins over ranked teams. Instead,
he was hurried and harassed, overthrowing his receivers and finding
little room to run when he was forced out of the pocket.

Washington, 11-for-23 for 132 yards, did add touchdown runs in
the third and fourth quarters.

"Walter threw the ball, for him, terribly," Wallace said.
"That has not been the case in camp. He threw the ball great."

Of course, Washington wasn't facing Virginia's defense.

Virginia's defense came in with something to prove after
allowing more than 20 points and 380 yards per game last season.
Signs of progress are tempered because they were playing the Owls,
but the defense recovered two fumbles and had five sacks.

"We wanted to make the quarterback never feel comfortable in
the pocket," Groh said. "It looked like their quarterback had
difficult getting into a rhythm."