Greg’s Game Grades ’07: Duke

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Last week it was the Virginia offense that left a disgusting aroma in the Laramie sky. Saturday against the Blue Devils, the Virginia special teams took the “skunk award” by stinking up the Carl Smith Center to the tune of three turnovers, a blocked punt, a fake punt conversion allowed on fourth down, and a blocked field goal, all of which led to Duke’s 13 points. The Cavalier special teams were inexcusably bad – bad to the point of almost costing Virginia the game. Needless to say, the grade reflects the effort.

As for last weekend’s culprit, the offense performed better but there is still plenty of opportunity for improvement on this side of the ball. As it did last season, the Blue Devil offense provided the Cavalier defense with a great opportunity for a strong outing and the “Orange Crush” delivered.

OFFENSE

Overall Grade: 82.21 (B-)

Notes

  • The opening score by Virginia marked the quickest the Cavaliers have recorded a TD since Wali Lundy scored at the 12:56 mark of the first quarter in UVa’s 27-17 victory against Georgia Tech in 2005.
  • Jameel Sewell ‘s first-quarter TD pass to Tom Santi marked the first time a Cavalier quarterback has throw a TD pass in seven games. The last TD pass prior to Saturday was against Maryland on Oct. 14, 2006, also thrown by Sewell.
  • Cedric Peerman ‘s 58-yard TD run in the first quarter was the longest run from scrimmage by a Hoo since Michael Johnson’s 70-yard TD run at Syracuse in the second game of the 2005 season. Peerman’s 137 yards rushing was the most by a Cavalier back since Alvin Pearman posted 147 yards against Virginia Tech in 2004.

Passing Game

  • Referring back to our game preview, we said to look for Virginia to work outside-in offensively in the passing game by attacking outside the seams early in the game before moving to the tight end and slot receivers on crossing and drag routes combined with skinny post patterns. Fans saw exactly that as the Hoos spent much of the first half with outs and passes to the flat, then carved up the Duke defense attacking with crosses and seam routes with the tight ends in the second half.
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