Greg’s Game Grades: Virginia 27, Georgia Tech 17

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Undermanned and with their backs to the wall, the Virginia Cavaliers needed to do a lot of things right to knock off #24 Georgia Tech on Saturday afternoon. To the delight of the 60,000-plus at Scott Stadium, they did.

Virginia held one of the nation’s most devastating wide receivers to a season-low 41 yards and held one of the top rushing duos in the ACC to half its normal output. The ‘Hoos converted 50% of their third-down opportunities against a team that was holding opponents to a 27% clip. Virginia posted 161 yards rushing against the 14th-best rushing defense in the land while netting 365 yards against the fourth-best defense in the conference. In the process, UVa scored as many touchdowns in one game as the Yellow Jacket defense had allowed in the last three contests combined.

Quarterback (A)

Marques Hagans completed 21 of 29 for 207 yards.

Marques Hagans had what must be considered one of his best days of the season. The senior completed a superb 72% of his passes. Though he produced just 7.1 yards per completion, this was more a result of the short-to-medium range pass play calling. He converted 60% of third-down attempts where he was directly responsible for the outcome either by run or pass. His decisions whether to pass, tuck and run or eat the ball were sound with the lone blemish being a misread on a pass to Deyon Williams that resulted in Virginia’s lone turnover of the game. Hagans made every throw and did so with great confidence and athleticism. An overall exceptional day.

Prime-Time Player: Marques Hagans

Consequential Plays:

  • 2Q (3-11 GT 42) Third drive of quarter – Hagans throws INT to Dewan Landry at GT 32. GT scores FG on ensuing drive to cut VA lead to 17-10 at half
  • 3Q (1-10 VA 30) Opening drive of second half – Hagans sacked for 4-yard loss – held ball
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