Greg’s Grades 2021: BYU

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The grades are in.
Devin Darrington takes off on a big run for Virginia. ~ Photo courtesy of Matt Riley/Virginia Athletics Media Relations

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness …” – Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

The famous Dickens quote is apropos for this game and, candidly, this season.

Virginia ‘s offense, as expected, filled the stat sheet with another 500-plus yards and another 40-plus points, but the performance was far from perfect. Execution failure at critical times was key to UVA’s 66-49 loss.

As for the Cavalier defense, in the immortal words of late Arizona Cardinals head coach Denny Green, “They were who we thought they were.” When 12 of your opponent’s 15 drives end in your end of the field, that’s a terribly bad evening. The last one was on BYU’s final drive where they took the victory formation at the Cavalier 16-yard line. I didn’t chart that one in the grades as a red zone stop since I considered it mercy.

The two teams combined for 1,322 yards of total offense and the 115 points scored were the most in a single game at LaVell Edwards Stadium according to

Don’t miss the One More Thing segment as I review Five Losing Game Trends. But first, the grades.



  • Highlights: As I noted in my last One More Thing segment, Keytaon Thompson had not caught a touchdown pass this season,