Greg’s Game Grades ’07: Miami

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Overall Grade: 94.49 (A)


  • Virginia’s 96-yard scoring drive on its first possession is the Cavaliers’ longest drive in terms of yards since a 97-yard drive against North Carolina in 2004.
  • The Cavaliers’ touchdown on their opening drive marked the seventh time this season they scored on their first possession (4 TDs, 3 FGs).
  • The 14 points Virginia scored in the first quarter were the first points Miami has allowed in a first quarter at home this season. If fact, those 14 points doubled the amount of points Miami had allowed in the first half of Orange Bowl games all season (7).
  • The last team to score more than 40 points against UM was Virginia Tech in a 56-45 loss to the Canes in December 2002.
  • 12 of Virginia’s 13 drives concluded on the Miami side of the field.

Red Zone Efficiency: 85% (B)

Miami entered the game with the top red zone defensive team in the ACC. Opponents had scored TDs just 36.4% of the time against the Canes (8 of 22). Virginia scored six on 66% of its six red zone possessions and netted 31 of a possible 42 points when getting inside the 20, a 74% conversion rate.

Position Breakdown

Quarterback: 96.6 (A)
Statistical Grade: 97% (A)
Subjective Grade: 96% (A)
Bonus Points: -.75

Jameel Sewell performed at a high level, throwing for a career-high 288 yards.

One of the keys from our Miami scouting report was to “Keep the Canes off balance. Offensive coordinator Mike Groh had maybe his best game as a play-caller last season, attacking Miami with screens to the left and right and by running inside and out; he also mixed in well-timed use of Virginia’s read-option. The flow was exceptional and Virginia kept the Hurricanes off balance throughout the game.” Virginia repeated the effort again Saturday