Greg’s Game Grades: FSU 33, UVa 0

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Jason Snelling had a good outing, but most of the Cavs had a rough go of it at FSU.

Virginia’s trip to Florida State last weekend was a bitter one. The Hoos fell behind by two touchdowns early and never recovered in a 33-0 shutout loss. There may have been a few bright spots, but as a whole, this was not a good showing. As one might imagine, the grades reflect the poor performance.


Completion percentage – 53% (Grade 66, D)
Passing yards per attempt – 3.9 (Grade 50, F)
Rushing yards per carry – 1.8 (Grade 52, F)
3rd & 4th Down conversion rate – 22% (Grade 59, F)
Scoring Offense – 0 (Grade 50, F)
1st Down Efficiency – 2.8 Yards Per Play (Grade 69, D+)
Red Zone Efficiency – N/A
Coaching – (Grade 76, C)
Unit Grades Composite (Grade 68.71, D+)

Overall Grade (54.3, F)

I’m not sure if the score dictated some of the coaching actions or if it was more the play of the Florida State defense, but after a decently called first half, things fell apart in quarters three and four. The game played in the first two quarters was exactly what was needed to attack the FSU defenders and in time, a more experienced quarterback and offensive line will execute much more effectively. But the variety and fluidness that showed promise in the first half was nowhere to be found in the second.

That leads me to some questions. Why is Virginia running a play fake, against the Seminole defense inside the five? With a 17-point lead and 95 yards of real estate behind them, the Noles aren’t concerned with the run. FSU linebacker Buster Davis comes into the backfield untouched on a delayed blitz, ruining a tremendous effort on the part of the defense to hold the Seminoles to a punt after they were driving. The safety was the first against Virginia since the 2004 game in Tallahassee.

Which brings me to question two. FSU defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews is noted for his zone and delayed blitz packages. Yet, quarterback