Greg’s Game Grades: Virginia 51, Temple 3

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Chris Long recorded his first solo sack of the season.

While there were certainly areas that were not perfect, the Cavaliers played physical football, they were aggressive and they did what they needed to do – dominate an inferior opponent. Virginia outrushed the Owls, 262-10, and averaged 6.1 yards per play compared to Temple’s 2.7. The defense forced three turnovers, netted five sacks, held the Owls to a 22% third-down conversion rate and forced nine three (or less) and outs.

Yes, it was Temple, but when you compare Virginia’s effort to the Owls’ other nine opponents, the Cavaliers had a relatively good day. UVa held the Owls to their second-fewest rushing yards of the season, second-fewest all-purpose yards, recorded the second-most sacks against the Owls and tied for the second-lowest number of points allowed. The ‘Hoos scored the third-most points against Temple and performed better in the running game than ACC brethren Maryland, Clemson and Miami.

If Jason Snelling can continue to play, he will make the Cavaliers difficult to defend. The insertion of guard Ian-Yates Cunningham into the lineup led to the most complete performance by the offensive line all season. The biggest disappointment of the day? Watching veteran receivers continue to struggle with catching the ball in critical situations. That will cost Virginia big in the next three ball games if it continues.

Quarterback (B-)

Christian Olsen went 4 of 6 for 24 yards with one INT.