Observations From Scott Stadium Following Loss To Notre Dame

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Virginia is 6-4.
Jay Woolfolk made his starting debut for Virginia. ~ Photo by Mike Ingalls/TheSabre.com

The Virginia football team lost its second straight game to a ranked opponent when now No. 6 Notre Dame rolled into Scott Stadium on Saturday and left with a 28-3 win. That bookended a bye week that followed a 66-49 loss at BYU, which has since climbed to No. 14 in the Associated Press poll.

Certainly, those two scores are odd stacked back-to-back. The first showed how shaky the UVA defense can be. The second showed how much the offense can struggle without quarterback Brennan Armstrong. The Cavaliers’ record-setting QB injured his ribs in the game at BYU and sat out against the Irish, which thrust true freshman Jay Woolfolk into the starter role. He became the first true freshman to start for UVA at quarterback since 1977. Combined, those two results show just how far there is still to go with the program and just how small the margin of error is for this season’s team.

That sets the stage for a return to ACC play. That’s where the Hoos tried to quickly turn their focus with a road game at No. 20 Pittsburgh up next. A win for either team gives them control of the Coastal Division title race entering the final week of the season. Before diving into that, let’s look at a few quick field-level observations