Greg’s Game Report: Miami


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Kris Burd caught 7 passes for 104 yards against Miami.

Headlines

  • Nightmare on Welsh Way – Hoos spook Canes
  • UVa takes down first ranked opponent since October 2008
  • Cavaliers tie single-game school record for interceptions with 5 – first time it’s happened in 16 seasons
  • Virginia defense holds Miami to second fewest points of the season

First Impressions

PHYSICAL.

The lasting impression that I took away from Saturday’s game against Miami was how physical the Cavalier football team played. Football is a contact sport. Men with impressive physical strength and athleticism, running at incredible speeds head on with the purpose of hitting their opponent as hard (legally) as possible. In the trenches, brute strength and explosion rule the day and as was the case Saturday, the most physical team usually wins the battle.

The day Al Groh was given the head coach title at Virginia he talked about making the program tougher. It never seemed to materialize over the long haul, though. Even when the Cavaliers were putting up huge numbers running the ball in 2004 the word physical never seemed to be an adjective used to describe the Hoos often enough. There were some big hitters along the way, Nate Lyles , Ahmad Brooks or Clint Sintim , but the phrase ‘physical’ just never seemed to consistently apply to the Virginia team.

When Coach Mike London arrived he talked about doing the same thing. It was not going to be an overnight transition but he started the process from his first spring camp. So far this season the team has made strides but I saw a new level of physical presence Saturday night in Scott Stadium – on both sides of the ball.

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