Greg’s Game Report: FSU

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Marc Verica and the Hoos struggled against FSU.


  • Florida State records largest halftime lead against Virginia since Virginia Tech led the Hoos 31-0 in 2001
  • Receiver Kris Burd scores in fourth consecutive game in 2010
  • Seminoles post 200 yards rushing in third consecutive contest
  • Cavalier running game exposed

First impressions

Virginia’s offense failed its first real test against an imposing defense. FSU’s defense slammed the door on any upset ideas early forcing the Cavaliers into seven straight punts and limiting the Hoos to a yard or less on four of their opening six drives. The Seminole secondary smothered Virginia’s receivers and the nation’s leading sack team harassed the quarterbacks all afternoon.

UVa fans can take some solace in the realization that in the third quarter, when the game still had some minor element of doubt, the Hoos matched FSU. The fact that Virginia outscored the Noles in the second half is not important considering the big early lead and obvious outcome entering the fourth quarter. What should give Cavalier fans hope about the second half is that the mistakes at quarterback, missed assignments and missed tackles on defense were less evident. Bottom line – the Cavaliers showed that when they executed and minimized their mistakes, they were able to remain competitive with a quality, experienced FSU squad.

Mike London’s team has displayed some positive signs but the Seminoles emphasized a key point Saturday: London’s got a long way to go. The differences in talent, speed and athleticism were evident. Clearly on display Saturday was the difference in a club built for winning and one building to be a winner. Just as was the case against Southern California, the Cavaliers had their chances to make Saturday’s outcome more competitive though.

There were potential game-chancing interceptions that were dropped, forced passes in the red zone that led to turnovers with wide open check downs available for a eight-yard gains