Greg’s Grades 2021: Illinois

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The grades are in for Virginia.
Keytaon Thompson scored a touchdown in the red zone for Virginia. ~ Photo by Kris Wright/TheSabre.com

Following a sluggish start in game one, the Virginia football team jumped out to a 14-0 lead over Illinois in the first five minutes Saturday. After allowing the visitors to cut the lead to a touchdown twice, once at 14-7 and at 21-14, the Hoos scored the final 21 points of the game for the 42-14 final. And it really wasn’t that close.

Virginia left 28 points on the field, failing to score on four drives, all which ended inside the Illini 32-yard line. If you believe the offense’s grade should be higher, 28 points is the reason why it’s not. More on this in the “One More Thing” segment. Still, the offense put up outstanding numbers and after allowing Illinois to complete a four-play, 75-yard drive to open the second half and cut the lead to 21-14, the Wahoo defense slammed the door shut for good.

Overview

Offense: 93 (A)

  • Highlights: All four offensive units exceeded a grade over 98 in first down offense; Virginia’s offense has a 90.74 red zone offense average grade over the first two games; the running backs graded out with an 81 on first down pass offense and the remaining three units graded out with high A’s.
  • Not so bright: An interception, a fumble, and 28 points left on the field.

We begin with Brennan Armstrong’s career day. The junior trigger-man posted career highs in passing touchdowns (5), passing yards (405), completions (27), and completion

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