Virginia lost more than a game Saturday when Clemson rallied from a 28-0 deficit for a 29-28 victory. The Cavaliers also lost starting tailback Terry Kirby, who leads the nation with 884 rushing yards.
Kirby, who is also Virginia's leading receiver, fractured his left shoulder blade with 11 minutes remaining in the game. He is expected to be out three weeks, which means he could miss Virginia's game against Florida State on Oct. 31.
Before his injury, Kirby had 132 yards on 26 carries.
"He had a Heisman-type performance," coach George Welsh said.
Welsh must now decide what to do. Junior Jerrod Washington carried three times for 5 yards after Kirby's injury and has 141 yards on 32 carries for the season. Redshirt freshman Kevin Brooks is the new second-string tailback, but he has just eight carries for 37 yards this season. Gary Steele, a fifth-year senior who is Virginia's starting fullback, could also see time at tailback.
"Brooks has been the third tailback in practice, but we do have the option of playing Steele there," Welsh said. "The thing about Steele is that he's been in the big games. He's played. He has the experience. I don't know what we're going to do yet."
New rivalry: FSU coach Bobby Bowden will coach his first game against Georgia Tech on Saturday, when the Seminoles and Yellow Jackets will begin what Bowden believes will be a great rivalry.
"I don't think it can miss," Bowden said. "We're only 280 miles apart. The prestige of a city like Atlanta. Georgia Tech is a school that has no limit in athletics if they want to do it. With Florida State coming on like we have in the last 10 years, and with their potential, I think it will be a beautiful rivalry."
To help it get started, Bowden this week called Braves/Falcons and former FSU star Deion Sanders, who agreed to speak to the Seminoles sometime before the game in Atlanta.
Notes: For the first time in 33 years, Georgia Tech won back-to-back games over ranked opponents. The Yellow Jackets defeated No. 16 Clemson 20-16, then defeated No. 21 N.C. State 16-13. The last time it happened was 1959, when Tech defeated No. 12 SMU, No. 6 Clemson and No. 8 Tennessee in consecutive games. Virginia was trying for only its second victory over Clemson, which has now won 30 times in the series.
No fan of Perot: Welsh knew presidential candidate Ross Perot when both were at the Naval Academy. Perot was three years ahead of Welsh, who was in the class of 1956.
"I was in his company and he was our battalion commander," Welsh said. "He was tough, no doubt about that."
Welsh said he spoke with Perot a few times when Welsh was coach at Navy.
"He doesn't like athletics," Welsh said. "He never gave us any help."