Greg’s Game Grades: Maryland 28, UVa 26

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UVa receiver Kevin Ogletree helped the offense by scoring two touchdowns.

The Virginia football team opened up a 20-0 halftime lead on Saturday against Maryland, only to see that advantage disappear when the Terps rallied with 28 unanswered points. Obviously, the Hoos did some positive things in the disappointing 28-26 loss, but the negative plays were big ones in the outcome. Do this week’s grades reflect the good and the bad of the loss by the Cavaliers?


Completion Percentage – 60% (Grade 78, C+)
Passing Yards Per Attempt – 11.6 (Grade 100, A+)
Rushing Per Attempt – 5.2 (Grade 88, B+)
3rd & 4th Down Conversion Rate – 30% (Grade 67, D)
Scoring Offense – 26 (Grade 81, B-)
1st Down Efficiency – 11.6 Yards Per Play (Grade 100, A+)
Red Zone Efficiency – 41.30% (Grade 60, D)
Coaching – (Grade 79, C+)
Unit Grades Composite (Grade 85.05, B)

Overall Grade (82.05, B-)

Fans should be encouraged by a Virginia pass offense that ripped the third best pass defense in the ACC for 243 yards. Fans should also like the aggressive play calling on first down where the Cavs averaged an astounding 11.6 yards per play. There were some good breaks in the tendencies on that down which led to big plays and extremely high production on first down. Too bad the coaching staff didn’t try to change its tendencies on third-and-short where Virginia converted just 2 of 5 chances in that situation – all three misses came in Maryland territory.

Overall there was good production by the offense (5.2 yards per carry, 11.6 yards per passing attempt), which came up with 12 big plays (running plays of more than 12 yards and passing plays of more than 15 yards). The dozen big ones included six plays in excess of 20 yards.

There were, however, some blemishes. Another interception returned for a touchdown is one. The poor