Greg’s Game Report: VMI


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Perry Jones and the Hoos picked up a 48-7 win.

Headlines

  • Virginia’s QB Rating of 197.48 was the highest single game rating since the September 2004 Syracuse game (260.57).
  • The Cavaliers gained more than 125 yards rushing in four consecutive games for the first time since the 2007 season.
  • UVa’s two-deep sees meaningful playing time.
  • After holding VMI to seven points, the Hoos are currently ranked 7th in the nation in scoring defense giving up just 12.3 PPG.

First Impressions

“Almost complete” is the impression left after the Cavaliers 48-7 victory of visiting VMI on Saturday. With the Keydets determined to stop the run, Virginia took to the air to deliver its most complete passing performance since the 2005 Music City Bowl as the aerial attack produced 341 passing yards and 5 touchdowns. Not to be outdone, after a sluggish start in the first half, the UVa defense limited the Keydets to 20 total offensive plays in the second half and just 32 yards of total offense. Finally, the UVa special teams produced points in the kickoff return game, improved its kickoff coverage and finally connected on a field goal.

But …

The running game sputtered a bit against a clearly overmatched opponent and the pocket containment and subsequent coverage breakdowns against mobile quarterbacks is still a pressing issue that has trouble lurking down the road. Starting QB Marc Verica had very impressive numbers but missed open receivers and though he showed decent feel for pressure, he was at times too indecisive about getting rid of the football and avoiding sacks.

With all of that, the offense finished drives, the defense forced three-and-outs and got take-aways and the Cavaliers dominated a team they should have dominated and left the field with the season’s second win.

Grades

In case you’re wondering why the placement operation scored a 95% grade when they were perfect on all seven kicking attempts – at the request of many

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