Greg’s Grades 2020: Louisville

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Virginia is 3-4 this season.
Lavel Davis Jr. returned to the Virginia lineup and scored a touchdown. ~ Photo courtesy Matt Riley/Virginia Athletics Media Relations

For the first time in 10 games, the Virginia football team won back-to-back games with the 31-17 win over Louisville on Saturday. That followed the 44-41 win against UNC on Halloween. So how did the grades shake out this time?

Offensively, it would have been hard to improve on Virginia’s 94.9 offensive grade from the North Carolina game, and certainly difficult to match all four operations getting championship level marks. But the offense was solid, scoring 27 points, going 4-4 in red zone possessions, and it collected 86% of a possible 28 points.

Louisville was content to drop eight and rush three for most of the first half, but Virginia had trouble taking advantage of the defense as it struggled to get out of its own way. After Virginia went 3-and-out on its first drive, the next two chances ended with a fumble at the goal line and an interception at the Cavalier 41 that led to a Cardinal touchdown.

With 10:14 left in the second quarter, UVA got things going with a nine-play, 67-yard touchdown drive. From there, the offense went on the score on three of its next five drives.

For the second consecutive week, the offensive line came in with the operation’s second highest grade, this after posting the top grade in three of the previous four outings. All of Virginia’s offense positions received above average marks with the quarterback, receivers, and offensive line posting 80+ grades.

The Cardinals outgained the Hoos 548-466 in total offense, yet lost their fourth game this