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Coach Al Groh’s team didn’t execute well at all against Southern California.
In Saturday’s postgame press conference coach Al Groh said of Virginia’s overall performance against USC: “It wouldn’t be right for me or anybody to say that anybody played well today.” In Virginia’s worst loss in more than two decades, ironically to another USC team (South Carolina 58-10 in 1987), the team’s effort was marked by a lack of execution, a lack of tackling, and a lack of urgency.
Greg’s Game Grades
Overall: 68.84 (D+)
Red zone efficiency: 100% (A+)
Scoring chances: 1-1 (100%)
Points scored/Possible Points: 7/7 (100%)
Quarterback: 58.5 (F) – There were some things to like about Peter Lalich ‘s performance Saturday. Still, fumbles (two lost), inaccuracy (51%) a very poor conversion rate on third down, poor reads, interceptions and almost interceptions are a recipe for disaster for a quarterback and must be corrected.
Running backs: 73% (C) – Close to an incomplete for this outing simply because they were such a minimal part of the offense. Virginia backs got just 19 touches against USC compared with an average of 34 per game last season. When they did touch the ball their play, like the rest of the team, was average or below.
Offensive line: 55.9 (F) – Virginia’s inexperienced interior line was overmatched by USC’s inexperienced defensive front. There were no running lanes for the backs with and protection lapses resulted in two sacks, a turnover and Lalich being knocked down unofficially 11 times (once every 5.1 plays).
Wide receivers & tight ends: 81.5 (B) – The ends and receivers averaged a solid 9.25 per catch and were responsible for one of Virginia’s two third-down conversions. On a sour note, this unit struggled to get open and dropped some catchable balls and was the culprit for one of Virginia’s three turnovers.