Greg’s Grades 2021: Georgia Tech

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The grades are in.
Brennan Armstrong spins into the end zone for a Virginia touchdown. ~ Photo by Kris Wright/TheSabre.com

First, I don’t grade coaching and I rarely comment on coaching because it is impossible due to the limitation of not knowing the coverage, the pressure packages, the offensive play call, etc. But I can ascertain certain things by observing and I found the complete breakdown in terms of game management at the end of the first half by the coaching staff of Virginia’s 48-40 win over Georgia Tech baffling.

Fortunately, the failure to get into plus-field territory until there was one-second left on the clock didn’t cost the Hoos a win. The game concluded in a way where an extra three points might have mattered. The offense produced five scoring drives that were seven or eight plays or less in the half. The final drive of the half took eight plays and the Hoos were probably 13-17 yards out of kicker Brendan Farrell’s range.

This came after observing the offense put up 212 yards and 17 points in the second quarter. With the Tech defense gassed, why is the offensive brain trust putzing around with running plays with quarterback Brennan Armstrong and his receiving corps averaging 10.5 yards per pass?

Anyway, the Yellow Jackets lost their fourth consecutive game in Scott Stadium since 2013. With a win against BYU on Saturday evening, Virginia will secure its fifth straight win for the first time since 2007. Another win this season would give UVA its third winning record in the last four seasons.

Overview

Offense:

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