Boston College 17, Virginia 13: Three up, three down
Following Virginia's 17-13 loss Saturday at Boston College, first-year Coach Mike London said about all there is left to say about the 2010 Cavaliers: "One thing about this team is these guys play hard and they play fast, but we’re just not good enough in some spots to help us overcome some of the things that we’ve got."
For those of you who have endured this season and followed the team closely, that statement might seem obvious. Virginia is 4-7 overall and has won one of six ACC contests. But London's public acknolwedgement that his current batch of players leaves something to be desired is significant. It's, at the very least, a starting point.
It gives an indication that he understands not just that his team is a work in progress -- something London has said countless times over the past four months -- but that the progress that can be made will be limited until new faces begin to populate the program.
Virginia tallied 421 total yards of offense but scored just 13 points. The Cavaliers typically porous run defense held Boston College to 159 rushing yards -- plus one 59-yard burst that resulted from a missed tackle at the line of scrimmage. Virginia was penalized just 59 yards, but the most critical one came on first and goal from the eight yard-line late in the fourth quarter. It was that kind of day. It's been that kind of season.
1) First-half offensive efficiency. Virginia scored on three of four drives in the first half. The Cavaliers conducted a 16-play series that resulted in a field goal, a 13-play series that concluded with a touchdown and a seven-play series that was capped by another field goal. Virginia wasn't going to set any sort of scoring records, but the Cavaliers were moving the ball with relative ease -- except on the lone drive in which true freshman Michael Rocco replaced starter Marc Verica. At halftime, Virginia had piled up 236 total yards, and Verica had thrown for 148.
2) Kris Burd and Dontrelle Inman. Virginia's top two pass catchers became the first pair of wide receivers in program history to each amass more than 700 receiving yards in a single season. Burd recorded eight catches for 66 yards Saturday and now has 752 receiving yards on the season. Inman has 750 receiving yards on the season after tallying seven receptions for 96 yards against Boston College.
3) Pass rush. Slowly but surely, it seems to be getting better. Linebacker LaRoy Reynolds and defensive tackle Will Hill each recorded the first sacks of their career Saturday. Although Boston College's wide receivers got behind Virginia's secondary a couple times, the passes ended up being overthrown and incomplete due to the pressure Eagles quarterback Chase Rettig faced from Virginia's pass rush.
1) Stalled second-half offense. Virginia did not score a single point in the second half. Offensive Coordinator Bill Lazor said Boston College began showing more movement along its defensive line, which "bothered" the Cavaliers and disrupted their rhythm. Virginia still was able to move the ball fairly efficiently, but the Cavaliers could not score when they needed to.
2) Missed tackles. Different game; same defensive culprit. This time, a missed tackle resulted in a 59-yard run that got Boston College to the Virginia four-yard line. The Eagles scored on the next play to take the lead late in the third quarter. That wasn't the only missed tackle by the Cavaliers on Saturday, but it certainly was the most prominent.
3) Missed field goals. Placekicker Robert Randolph -- often praised by London for his accuracy, if not his leg strength -- missed a 25-yard field goal wide right that would have pulled Virginia to within a point of the lead with just less than five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Earlier in the game, Randolph had made a 40-yard field goal into a stiff wind.
"I feel like I was just almost overly calm, and I just didn’t concentrate enough,” Randolph said of his missed kick.
| November 20, 2010; 5:44 PM ET
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