50 Virginia Football Thoughts Before Kickoff: Red Zone Offense

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Virginia needs to improve in the red zone.
The Virginia offensive line works against Pittsburgh last season. ~ Mike Ingalls

The Virginia football team won eight games last season, the program’s most since 2011 and a total that tied for the second most victories in any season since 1990. Only the 1994, 1995, 1998, 2002, and 2007 teams won more with nine wins in each of those seasons.

Part of the reason for that success was that the Cavaliers scored more points in a season than any UVA team since 2002. That club cranked out 402 points in 14 games. The 370 points scored last season easily outdistanced most seasons in that 16-year span since 2002 with the exception of the 2003 and 2004 teams; the Wahoos produced 364 and 363 points in those two years with the 2004 team getting that total in 12 games.

That’s something an article looked at a little earlier this month, but the “50 Virginia Football Thoughts Before Kickoff” series is back to look at an area where the Hoos left some points on the table.

31 – Red Zone Offense Stalls Again

When you slice up how teams score, there are a lot of ways to put points on the board. Defense and special teams can help with field position obviously, but with touchdowns of their own too. There are also field goals or a safety. On offense, points are generated through touchdowns either inside or outside the red zone (20-yard line and in). The offense obviously puts special teams in place for field