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Red zone statistics misleading

A quick glance at Virginia's statistics reveals that Virginia has reached the red zone 17 times this season and scored all 17 times, if you include both touchdowns and field goals.

But Virginia Coach Al Groh wants touchdowns whenever the Cavaliers reach the red zone. The Cavaliers have scored touchdowns 10 out of 17 trips, which is not good enough for Groh.

"That's not to say that that's a bad thing; that's a good thing because you got points and that says that your kicker is giving you a good year," Groh said. "But the telling statistic in there is red zone touchdowns. It's a little bit more telling if you take that number and say possessions between the 20 and 30. You're not quite in scoring territory yet, so maybe your kicker has gotten you three more points than what you otherwise might have gotten. But when you're down there on the 12-yard line and that field goal adds to your red zone thing, that's a little smaller victory than you would like to have."

Place kicker Robert Randolph is a perfect 9 for 9 on field goal attempts this season. Virginia has not had a passing touchdown in the red zone -- all 10 have come on the ground.

Opponents have scored in 16 of 17 red zone trips against Virginia's defense, but only seven have been touchdowns -- a win by Groh's criteria.

By Zach Berman  |  October 21, 2009; 11:42 AM ET
 
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