10 Things I Learned Against North Carolina

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Jeffrey Fitzgerald and the Hoos weren’t perfect in victory, but they got the win.

Virginia’s 23-0 win over North Carolina may not have been the picture of perfection or a display of domination, but the Cavaliers did get the victory – and that’s always a good thing. Plus, there were some very positive signs for the future. Take Chris Cook ‘s interception or Jameel Sewell ‘s continued development for example. Those are among the “10 Things I Learned Against North Carolina.”

1. A sloppy win. Don’t get me wrong. I will take a 23-0 win every day of the week. I do not care who it is against. But this was not a pretty win, in my opinion.

Way too many penalties. Way too many drops. Way too many whiffs on the OL. Way too many missed tackles.

To me, this is the kind of win that gives you a lot to work on in the film room and in team meetings. It is not a case of calling people out. It is the perfect way to enjoy the win, but pick out those areas in which you have to improve if you are going to beat a better team.

Mr. Barker, you have to play smart and you have to learn to deal with the second move from the pass rusher. Mr. Cunningham, let’s go back to the fundamentals of who you pick up on the blitz. Mr. Lyles, we know you can hit, but let’s remember to wrap up. Mr. Woods, you have to force the returner inside on the kick-off when you have the outside. Mr. Simpson, you have to go low on a DT when you have to pick him up on the blitz. Mr. Long … well … OK, you did OK this game. But don’t let me see you in cornrows again in the future. That is a bad look for you.

2. Play calling review. Overall, I thought this might have been the best called game of the season for the offensive brain trust. With