Inside The Game: Wake Forest

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Jameel Sewell led the Hoos to their eighth win of the season on Saturday.

Virginia quarterback Jameel Sewell came through in the clutch once again Saturday. On the game-winning march against Wake Forest, he completed 3 of 5 passes, including a drive-extending throw to Maurice Covington on 4th-and-2 at the WFU 24. He also ran the ball three times, gaining 21 yards; the first gained 10 yards as he scrambled on a passing call, the second gained nothing as Wake sniffed out the read option play, and the third gained 10 yards as he kept his balance after a submarine tackle attempt.

Before that drive, Sewell had gained 26 yards on 6 carries and completed 17 of 38 passing attempts. Groh was impressed that Sewell could overcome an up-and-down day to lead his team to victory.

“This was a very significant game in his development as the quarterback of our team. He and I both agree that this probably wouldn’t have happened last year. He’s an emotional player and he’s a prideful player,” Groh said. “One of the things that were challenging for him to deal with in the past was when things didn’t go well, his emotions would get in the way. Everybody has toughened up around here mentally, and I think he’s done the same. That enabled him to overcome some plays that weren’t too pretty and to be there for his team when it really mattered.”

Sewell agreed that he has progressed as a starting quarterback since taking over the job for last season’s Georgia Tech contest.

“I definitely don’t feel like I would have been able to do it last year. I would have let too many things get to me. Like all those incomplete passes – it just would have got to me too much and kind of take me out of the game right there by itself. I just got better by being able to put everything in the past, put everything behind me, and not worry about what’s going on and just focus on what’s going on right then and there. … It took me a whole year to do that,” Sewell said. “I