Deyon Williams caught six passes and dropped a few.
In our game preview last week, we outlined several keys to beating Boston College. The Cavaliers needed to improve their efficiency in the red zone, force at least three turnovers, limit the Eagles to fewer than 3.2 yards per carry and gain a clear advantage in the kicking game.
How did they do? Well, close only counts in horseshoes. The ‘Hoos got two turnovers and had Tony Franklin or Mark Miller been able to handle two potential interceptions, it could have been more. Virginia held the Eagles to 2.9 yards per carry – until you add Andre Callender ‘s 57- and 35-yard runs; then it balloons to 5.3. How about in the red zone? The ‘Hoos went 3 of 4, including settling for a field goal from the Eagle 20 after Deyon Williams dropped a stick-moving pass.
Finally, this was a game in which Virginia needed the special teams to dominate. They didn’t.
Marques Hagans was inaccurate, he missed open receivers by leaving his progressions too soon and at times was indecisive as to whether to run or pass. He fumbled a snap on Virginia’s opening drive on second and 20 at the Virginia 26. On the day, Hagans went 21 of 35 for 195 yards and two scores. He was intercepted when he overthrew a wide-open Tom Santi and he also missed an open Fontel Mines on the play prior to Virginia’s first score.
Hagans was 6 of 16 on third- and fourth-down conversions in which he was directly involved with a run or pass; several should have been successful but concluded with dropped passes. Hagans kept Virginia’s first scoring drive alive with an 11-yard...
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