Greg’s Game Grades: UVa 14, N.C. State 7

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A pair of defenses slugged it out at Scott Stadium on Saturday, meaning Virginia’s offense had to come up with a late-game drive to give UVa a 14-7 win. The Cavaliers seemed to control the flow of the contest throughout, however, and several units performed at a high level in the victory. How did the grades shake out?

Offense

Completion Percentage – 55% (Grade 70, C-)
Passing Yards Per Attempt – 6.0 (Grade 69, D+)
Rushing Per Attempt – 3.4 (Grade 69, D+)
3rd & 4th Down Conversion Rate – 17% (Grade 55, F)
Scoring Offense – 14 (Grade 69, D+)
1st Down Efficiency – 6.9 Yards Per Play (Grade 93.4, A)
Red Zone Efficiency – 100% (Grade 100, A+)
Coaching – (Grade 86, B)
Unit Grades Composite (Grade 77.07, C)

Overall Grade (76.54, C)

Kevin Ogletree and the UVa offense didn’t have a great day, but the Hoos came up big on the final drive.

As the grades show, it wasn’t the best night for the Virginia offense but this unit took a huge step forward. The O, led by quarterback Jameel Sewell , turned adversity into triumph with a championship-caliber, game-clinching drive.

First let me note the performance of the offensive coaching staff. In what was arguably the best-called game of the season, Mike Groh’s play-calling was fluid and effective against the NCSU defense. The execution was less than flawless, but the calls were there to get the results.

Maybe the most effective and certainly best executed play-calling series of the game came on Virginia’s final scoring drive. Groh put the State defense on its heels with three consecutive pass plays that converted back-to-back first downs and moved the ball to the Virginia 46-yard line. Three consecutive running plays, including a quarterback sneak, moved the chains again as Virginia converted in short

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