Jon Copper and the linebackers led the team in tackles. What about the grades?
On an evening where all three operations had enough breakdowns to cost Virginia a critical road win, all three groups got it together in the final three minutes Saturday to eke out a victory. The defense got the stop it needed. The offense executed a virtually flawless two-minute drill to set up the game-winning field goal. Vic Hall bookended the offense’s final drive with two supreme special teams plays and Chris Gould did the rest.
Coach Al Groh says the entire sequence – from the key third down stop to Gould’s game-winning kick – was critical in pulling out the win.
“Every play in that sequence, not just the offensive play but special teams and the defensive plays that were part of it,” Groh said. “Had we had an errant play in any one of those circumstances, it probably would have been too much to overcome.”
As for the grades, the numbers are pretty good and the Hoos certainly will take the outcome.
(Grade note: The statistical grade accounts for 60% of the position grades and the subjective grade accounts for 40%. Red zone efficiency accounts for 10% of the overall grades.)
Overall Grade: 85.95 (B)
- Virginia failed to score on its first drive Saturday night, ending a 4-game streak. The Cavaliers did score at least 20 points for the fifth consecutive time, the longest streak since a five-game run in 2004.
- Referring back to our MTSU scouting report: “The key area of attack with the Raider defense is the perimeter.” Virginia was very effective late in the second quarter attacking the edge. In fact, the bulk of the plays in the Cavaliers’ 10-play, 85-yard scoring drive came on the edge. My frustration is that UVa rarely went back to it again in the second half. The Hoos did go back to the edge on Pearman’s second TD score and again it proved effective.
- 7 of 14 drives went 3-and-out or less but the Hoos
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