Greg’s Game Grades ’07: Maryland

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Virginia squeaked out another win this past weekend by defeating Maryland 18-17. Mikell Simpson and Chris Long stole the spotlight with a pair of outstanding performances in the win. Of course, Jameel Sewell engineered another game-winning drive, Nate Lyles made some key stops, and Chris Gould had a solid night punting. What do the grades look like against the Terps?

(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: 82.91 (B)


  • Virginia scored on its opening drive for the fifth time this season and the first time since the Pittsburgh game.
  • The Cavaliers have won two straight games by one point each for the first time in school history.
  • Virginia extended its winning streak to seven in a row, tying the school record for most consecutive wins in a season. The Cavaliers also won seven in a row in 1914, 1949, and 1990.
  • Another week of difficulty in the red zone almost cost the Hoos a victory as Virginia scored on just 66% of its red zone opportunities and acquired only 47% of a potential 21 red zone points.
  • Mikell Simpson ‘s 44-yard TD run in the second quarter was his longest career run and the team’s second-longest run of the season. The TD was his first since the Duke game last year and his first this season. He finished with his first multi-touchdown game of his career.

Red Zone Efficiency: 61 (D)

Position Breakdown

Quarterback: 83.73 (B)
Statistical Grade: 81.55%
Subjective Grade: 87%
Bonus Points: 2.25

Jameel Sewell