Greg’s Game Grades: ECU 31, UVa 21

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Al Groh was not pleased with his team’s ECU performance.

Virginia football coach Al Groh summed up Virginia’s 31-21 loss to East Carolina better than any writer could.

“[ECU] out-kicked us, out-coached us, out-defended us, out-ran us so we got the result we got,” said Groh. “They were very physical. They ran the ball with authority and it just took us too long to get started on defense. We didn’t make a lot of plays on the ball, offensively or defensively. Aside from the blocked punt, we didn’t make enough plays to win the game. The defense could’ve got more help from the offense, and the offense could’ve got more help from the defense.”

With that in mind, let’s look at the grades.


Completion Percentage – 50% (Grade 63, D-)
Passing Yards per Attempt – 4.5 (Grade 55, F)
Rushing Per Attempt – 5.7 (Grade 93, A)
3rd & 4th Down Conversion Rate – 33% (Grade 70, C-)
Scoring Offense – 21 (Grade 76, C)
1st Down Efficiency – 5.6 Yards per Play (Grade 89, B+)
Red Zone Efficiency – 100% (Grade 100, A+)
Coaching – (Grade 82, B-)
Unit Grades Composite (Grade 75.66, C)

Overall Grade (77.93, C)

In a week where the running game and the offensive line actually looked like a unit that knew how to run the football, it was the passing game, and in particular the wide receivers, that failed to make plays and give the rest of the offense some support.

I have few issues with the play calling with the lone exception that I actually thought Virginia threw more than it needed too. Given the injury and health situation of ECU and the overall success of the running game, I would have liked to have seen more running from the offense one, to limit the time the ECU offense was on the field, and two, to wear down the Pirate defense.

For the most part, the calls were there, the execution was not.

Quarterback (66.75, D+)

A quick look at the raw