The UVA football team watched tape Sunday of Saturday's 56-20 loss to Georgia Tech in Atlanta.
Head coach Mike London called it a humbling experience.
The Cavaliers say they prepared diligently for Tech's unique triple-option offense, but they couldn't stop it.
"These guys played hard," said UVA defensive coordinator Jim Reid. "They prepared hard. We just didn't...It was embarrassing to me, and I'm sure I embarrassed my players. We'll keep working at it."
Last year, Virginia found a way to contain Tech's offense, building an early lead, but it's a new year with some new starters on defense.
"You play with two veteran safeties last year with an offense like this," said London. "You got two young guys in there playing today. There's no margin for error."
For the second game in a row, Virginia struggled to run the football. The Cavaliers rushed for just 98 yards, but a lot of that came in the fourth quarter when the game was out of reach.
"Oh man, it's definitely frustrating, especially when the team depends on something like that," said UVA junior offensive tackle Morgan Moses. "We're supposed to be the front five that everybody just leans on. We've just got to do better. We've got to come out there, and it starts with practice. It also starts with a man check. You got to check yourself and just come out and just give a better effort."
Virginia had a chance to get back in the game Saturday with a 72-yard Khalek Shepard kickoff return in the second quarter, but the 'Hoos couldn't turn it into points.
"When you can't come away with points right there, it's just disheartening," said London. "It takes it toll after awhile. The safe throw that was tipped that led into an interception, just kind of seemed like it just started raining, started pouring."
Former UVA head coach and Georgia Tech defensive coordinator Al Groh chatted with many of his former players after the game, guys like fifth-year senior linebacker Steve Greer.
"You have two ways you can go," said Greer, a team captain. "You can either keep your head down and kind of let this decide your season, or you could pick your head up, learn from it, and bound together and understand we've got a big game next week. We still have a lot of games to play, so we got to learn from it and get better."
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