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Saturday, October 01, 2005

A Game Lost on Third Down

Just finished watching UVA get spanked by a weak Maryland team. Maryland converted big third down and longs one after another at a ridiculous rate...7 of 11 for third down on the day, failing to conert only ONE third down in the second half. UVA on the other hand got stopped every time they got inside the 20, at one point having to kick three field goals after three straight long drives. The defense gave up bunches of yards, and Groh REFUSED to blitz on third down and long instead playing zone defense and letting the Maryland QB sit back there forever and pick apart the defense. He sometimes had 6 of 7 seconds to throw and still no defense player was anywhere close by the time he threw. High school quarterbacks could have picked apart the weak UVA zone. I am disgusted with the UVA defense which gave up 563 yards on the day! That is absolutely pathetic. I'm afraid Virginia is probably going to lose both of its next two games with this kind of defense and this kind of play calling...this was just a frustrating game.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope UVa loses every game for the rest of the season. They are not a good football team.

6:20 PM

Blogger Addison said...

I recognize that it's now passe to complain about the 3-4 defense, but I'll continue to do so.

It's fine to run the 3-4 in the pros, where you can find the 6'7" nose tackle and massive ends that the schem requires. However, in the college level, it's hard to recruit players that are 1) big enough and 2) fast enough to clog up the line of scrimmage.

563 yards proves the point.

8:01 AM

Blogger Will Vehrs said...

Good thing Groh signed that fat new contract when he did.

9:19 AM

Anonymous eskimo joe said...

Kilgore is a UVA supporter and Russ Potts is a huge Terp fan.

Kaine likes to stand in Warner's shadow.

He's a fair weather fan.

12:40 PM

Blogger GOPHokie said...

dont be surprised if uva loses most all their game from here on.
if they struggle against maryland like that, how will they compete against FSU, BC Miami or us?

10:06 PM


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