“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” ~ Charles Dickens
Whatever you want to call it, the Virginia football team’s 35-20 loss at the hands of Notre Dame was certainly a tale of two halves.
UVA opened the half of hope with a solid effort taking a 17-14 lead with 43 seconds left in quarter two. The half of despair saw the Hoos score three points on three drives inside the Irish’s 40-yard line. Virginia’s offense combined for 3-of-6 passing for 20 yards, rushed once for -2 yards, and lost 19 yards on two sacks in those three drives. The three drives resulted in a fumble recovered by ND, turnover on downs, and a punt.
Overall, UVA got inside the Notre Dame 40-yard line eight times in 15 drives and managed just 20 of 56 potential points (35%). Add eight sacks, four forced fumbles and two interceptions, it’s a miracle the margin of victory wasn’t larger.
The defense was OK – not great, but OK. Pass defense was good, limiting Notre Dame to just 165 yards and no scores. In fact, 86 of those yards came on three plays. The Irish averaged just 3.6 yards per attempt on the other 22 throws. The run defense had a tough day. Virginia had not allowed a team to rush for more than 100 yards in its last five games. Those five games added up to 333 yards on 158 carries for a 2.10 yards per carry average...
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