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Day After Defeat

In the day after Virginia’s season-opening loss, I’d imagine it’s still difficult for many of you to swallow what happened. The post-game news conferences at Scott Stadium were somber. Coach Al Groh admitted what fans in the upper deck could tell you: If you commit seven turnovers, it’s pretty clear why you lost.

The players were bitter about the loss, although each player available for interviews said the errors were correctable. Denzel Burrell hoped that the student body keeps faith. Groh warned of negativity that will come the team’s way this week, although he said some of it is deserved. It will be interesting to see how many fans show up next Saturday against No. 17 Texas Christian. Any guesses?

Groh has a teleconference tonight with reporters. He will be able to provide more clarity after watching the film. Sifting through the box score, here are some statistics – besides the seven turnovers – that can help explain the loss:

24:24 – Virginia’s time of possession (Note: This is different than what you saw in this morning’s paper. The statistician changed it after the print deadline)
- Groh attributed this to the turnovers. The Cavaliers simply could not sustain possessions. Regardless, Virginia still needed to punt seven times.

6 – The amount of drives William & Mary started on Virginia’s side of the field. Four of the six led to Tribe field goals.

0 for 2 – Virginia’s fourth-down conversions. This included a failed 4th and 1 on Virginia’s 48-yard line in the fourth quarter. The Cavaliers were trailing, 16-14, with a little less than 10 minutes remaining.

By Zach Berman  |  September 6, 2009; 4:54 PM ET
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