Greg’s Grades 2020: NC State

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The grades are in.
The Virginia defense produced 0 sacks against NC State, but had some bright spots too. ~ Photo courtesy Matt Riley/Virginia Athletics Media Relations

Saturday’s 38-21 loss to the North Carolina State Wolfpack certainly matched the miserable weather conditions.

If you are a glass half-full fan, you could certainly say that after falling behind 24-0, the Hoos outscored the Wolfpack 21-14 over the last 30 minutes of the game. You could also note that following two interceptions, an offensive touchdown taken away, a fumble following a first down run at the Pack 30-yard line and a blocked punt, the Hoos were down only 10 entering the fourth quarter with possession.

Sadly, the indelible memory that will survive this game is a very disappointing loss due to the inability of the special teams, defense, or the offense to deliver an even adequate level of play.

The Hoos failed to score for the third time in row in the first quarter this season and Virginia’s running game went from pedestrian against Clemson to stagnant against the Pack. For the fourth time in UVA’s last five games, the Hoos failed to surpass the four yards per carry mark. All four games ended in losses. Despite posting 323 passing yards, Virginia netted just five yards per attempt. That forces long, sustained drives to score. The Hoos had drives of 12, 9, 10, and 17 plays; they scored on the latter three and were stuffed on the goal-line 3 times on the 12 play-drive.

I thought Lindell Stone acquitted himself well in this game and put Virginia in a position to win. The pick-six was a dagger but overall, I think it was a solid effort based on the circumstances. Stone did well reading the Wolfpack