10 Things I Learned Vs. Pitt

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I remember watching last year’s game at Pitt. Nice field, good food, nice to see Nate Lyles return. After that, I cannot remember many positives from the day. It was a long night in the Steel City. This year, a different story. Really different.

What did we learn from Virginia’s 44-14 blowout against the Panthers?

Jonathan Stupar ‘s touchdown got UVa on the right track and it controlled the game from that moment forward.

1. Another step in the right direction. Perhaps readers are tired of the fact that I keep using the same theme for my first topic each week, but I certainly am not tired of the progress I see from the team over the last several weeks. Once the team stops taking steps in the right direction, I will change the theme.

This week, the Hoos managed to do something that had yet to do this season – get on top of an opponent early, and stay comfortably on top. Against Duke, UNC, and Georgia Tech, UVa got off to fast starts – more on that soon – only to see the opponent scratch and claw back into the game. All three weeks, the outcome was in doubt in the fourth quarter.

This week, however, we saw progress. After taking advantage of Dave Wannstedt’s what-the-heck-were-you-thinking? decision to start the game with an onsides kick, the team got on a roll with four touchdowns on its first four drives and built a 27-0 lead by the end of the first quarter, ultimately expanding that to a 30-0 lead before Pitt was able to put points up on the board. While the team was not able to maintain that pace, the simple fact is that Pittsburgh never got closer than 16 points the rest of the game, and it was the fourth quarter by the time Pitt was even able to make that much of a dent on the scoreboard. And at that point in the game, the offense responded with a mauling drive, started by – surprise, surprise – Cedric Peerman stepping up with a 32-yard kickoff return. After that, Jameel Sewell rushes for 17 yards,