Greg’s Grades 2021: Miami

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The grades are in.
Virginia celebrates the win at Miami. ~ Photo courtesy of Matt Riley/Virginia Athletics Media Relations

Against a lot of headwinds, the Hoos went to Miami as 4.5 underdogs, going against coach Manny Diaz whose Miami teams were 26-7 in 33 regular season home games since he joined the staff as defensive coordinator in 2016. The Virginia football team also entered the game as losers in six of its last eight to Miami in a stadium where it had lost four in a row. On top of that, the Hurricanes returned 19 of 22 starters from a 2020 team that finished 8-3 overall and 7-2 in the ACC.

No problem. With the Hoos clinging to a 30-28 lead with three seconds remaining in the game, Miami needed only to execute a chip shot field goal to win. Snap clean, hold clean, kick clank – off the left upright. How sweet it was.

Overview

Offense: 81.8 (B-)

  • Highlights: All four units improved their grades from last week; RBs led the offense with a 24.83-point increase. Third down conversion operation was excellent, converting 50% of chances, going 6-10 on third down runs that included 5-6 on 3rd-and-short.
  • Not so bright: UVA’s first down pass offense recorded its worst grade of the season; the cumulative grade of the operation was 67.7 and the offense averaged 4.6 yards per attempt on first down, allowed a turnover, and sack.

UVA’s run game looked like it was off life support as the Hoos gained 181 yards and averaged a championship level 5.2 yards per run. The running backs crossed the 100-yard mark for the first

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