Four days removed from a close, difficult home loss to Notre Dame, Mike London and the Virginia football team now looks ahead to a Week 3 contest against upset-minded William & Mary.
The Tribe (1-0) are the most recent FBS team to beat the Cavaliers, winning 26-14 in Charlottesville to start the 2009 season, a game that spelled the beginning of the end for the Al Groh era.
London is 5-0 against FCS teams at UVa, but isn't taking the threat that W&M poses lightly. "The approach for us has been about finishing, getting better, more explosive plays, scoring points, getting turnovers, let's get to the quarterback, sack the quarterback, continue to tackle for losses, play press coverage when we have to, challenge receivers," he said Wednesday during his weekly teleconference.
"You can't afford to let your guard down," he continued. "We saw last week with Jacksonville State, we saw Appalachian State a couple years ago. All those things are relevant if you think beyond what you think you are. And right now, We have to be a team that thinks we can win [our] first football game in a while and that's the only focus."
Though moral victories have been more frequent occurrences in the Mike London era than actual wins, London acknowledges that the time to start winning is now.
"We talked about pats on the backs and things like that. That's good. That's great. But in this profession and in the world we live in from an athletic standpoint, you want those W's," he said.
"This is game three of a long season. It's game three, and every process and everything that you do, it has to be reflective of the goal and the mission, and the mission is to win football games and the next opportunity for us this season is the next opponent, and that opponent is William and Mary."
Though the loss is certainly one of the most painful in recent years at UVa, London sees it as an opportunity for his young team to grow.
"I believe that there's an experience that we will have as a football team, as a program, that there will be very positive moments for this program. So we are just going to keep modeling our strengths. The things that happen that get away from you; the people that come into your life that leave, people we lose; those things happen. It's your ability to bounce back and then comeback ready for them again," he said.