Miami 52, Virginia 17
Virginia’s season became even worse after its worse loss of the season. The Cavaliers must win out just to reach a bowl game, but each loss seems to bring Virginia one day closer to the end of Coach Al Groh’s tenure at his alma mater. As always, please send your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org or leave the comments below.
There will be more in the next few days about the season, but the best news for Virginia fans might be that the basketball season begins Friday (albeit without a projected starter). Here are some quick post-game notes from Saturday’s loss…
- Virginia had its third different starting quarterback of the season when Marc Verica started in place of the injured Jameel Sewell on Saturday. Verica finished 11 for 29 for 75 yards and an interception.
- Defensive end Matt Conrath and linebacker Aaron Clark both returned from injury to play against Miami.
- Saturday was the first time Virginia had fewer than 100 passing yards since last season’s loss to Virginia Tech.
- Saturday was the first Virginia allowed more than 50 points in a game since a 52-7 loss to Southern California last season.
- This was the second time this season that the Cavaliers were held scoreless in the second half. The only other time came in the season opener against William & Mary.
- Virginia did not convert a first down until late in the final minutes of the fourth quarter.
- This is the first time since 1986 that Virginia has had two separate three-game losing streaks in a single season.
- Virginia has not had two consecutive seasons of six or more losses since 1982. The last time the same coach had one? Dick Bestwick in 1980 and 1981. There was a coaching change the following season.
- Saturday was the first time Virginia blocked two punts in a game since a 62-14 win over North Carolina State on Oct. 19, 1996.
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