Greg’s Grades 2019: Louisville

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Tanner Cowley and the Hoos fell at Louisville. ~Photo courtesy Matt Riley/Virginia Athletics Media Relations

Virginia reignited its losing skid, having lost three of its last four outings following Saturday’s 28-21 loss in Louisville. The Cavalier offense and defense combined for an overall grade of 71.4; the two operations worst marks since their 71.5 grade in the Notre Dame loss.

The defense gave up the second most yards per pass of the season and the highest opponent passer rating of the year. Louisville’s 227 yards rushing and their 5.04 yards per carry were most allowed by the Wahoo defense in 2019. The Cardinals gashed the interior of the Virginia defense for big runs and critical times.

On offense, the Hoos had their fourth lowest total offense and rushing output of the year, their third worst third down conversion efficiency and the second lowest passer rating, yards per attempt and completion percentage of the season.

The fact that the last two games have been the worst overall for the passing game is an indication that after identifying how to limit the Virginia running game, based on back-to-back 5.5 yards per attempt games. opposing coordinators have now started to drop their defenders deeper, force everything in the passing game underneath, take away deep threats and make the Hoos go on extended drives to score. Which we will see in One More Thing is happening less frequently.

The bright spot on the afternoon was Nash Griffin and the Virginia special teams as they did all they could to help Virginia return to Charlottesville with a win. In addition to a 78-yard punt, Griffin averaged 43.4 yards per boot and