BLACKSBURG, Va. - Two games into the season, No. 13 Virginia Tech can already forget the national championship talk that prevailed during preseason camp.

These Hokies lost, 21-16, to James Madison Saturday. It was their second consecutive performance dominated not by a powerhouse offense, a stout defense or game-changing special teams, but by mistakes, missed tackles and disappointment.

"I don't know what's going on," tailback Ryan Williams said. "I really don't."

Drew Dudzik ran for two touchdowns and threw for another for the Dukes (2-0), who are ranked 11th in the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA). Virginia Tech is the second ranked team to lose to a lower division team. The first was No. 5 Michigan, which fell, 34-32, to I-AA Appalachian State on Sept. 1, 2007.

Dudzik called it the biggest victory in school history, and coach Mickey Matthews agreed, a remarkable thought because Matthews led the Dukes to the 2004 FCS national championship. "This is the biggest win of my professional career," he said.

And it happened with Tech (0-2) looking too much like the mistake-prone team that lost just six days earlier, 33-30, when No. 3 Boise State scored the go-ahead touchdown with 1:09 left.

The Dukes needed no such late-game heroics, hanging on to the ball for the last 5:23 to finish off the Hokies. "It was like a dream come true when the clock hit zero," Jones said. "It was like, 'Oh my God, we did it!' "

Dudzik attempted just eight passes, but completed five for 121 yards, including three huge third-down conversions in the second half. The Hokies also helped on both of the Dukes' second-half scoring drives with 15-yard personal fouls for tackling players out of bounds.

On third-and-17 from his 23, Dudzik hit Jamal Sullivan with a swing pass going left, and the tailback went 77 yards down the sideline, breaking several tackles for the touchdown.

"We need to block better and we need to tackle better," Frank Beamer said after his team's first home loss in 33 games against a non-league opponent. "Execute. We need to execute."

Dudzik ran 12 times for 35 yards, and went in virtually untouched on TD runs of 7 and 12 yards. The latter came with 13:45 remaining.

Virginia Tech drove deep into Dukes territory twice thereafter, the first drive ending when Tyrod Taylor's fourth-down pass to Jarrett Boykin in the end zone was broken up by Leavander Jones. Darren Evans fumbled it away at the Dukes 19 on the next series, and James Madison ran out the last 5:23.

Taylor also fumbled once and threw a second-half interception.

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