Greg’s Grades 2019: Florida State

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The grades are in.
Virginia’s Aaron Faumui works in the trenches against FSU. ~ Kris Wright

In an email thread with some friends from the Valley Hoos, we were reminiscing about the 1995 win over Florida State. They, along with the crew in Section 117, were the first fans in Scott Stadium to realize that the UVA defense had stopped FSU’s Warrick Dunn short of the goal line.

I wrote: “Tell your dad I hope Section 117 doesn’t get to see any late game plays like they did in 1995. I hope the Hoos are winning by a boring 21 points with :35 second left.” Oops. Not one of my best prophetic moments. But I’ll take the outcome.

With the 31-24 victory, the Wahoos second come-from-behind win of the season, UVA starts the 2019 season 3-0 for the first time since 2005.

The much-maligned Florida State defense was stout in the first half, allowing just 10 points to a Virginia offense averaging 24 points per half and keeping the Hoos out of the end zone on two possessions inside the FSU 35-yard line. The Seminoles turned Virginia away at the 13-yard line on an interception and held them to a field goal on another possession.

Despite big numbers in FSU’s first two games of the season, State quarterback James Blackman had been erratic and turnover prone. Saturday night was his best start of the year connecting on 60% of his throws, while throwing for three touchdowns with zero turnovers.

Blackman’s play was not enough for the Noles, however.

The Virginia offense wore down the Seminole defense, paving the