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UVa Looking To Avoid Dropping The Ball Against Oregon

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Darius Jennings had 7 catches for 61 yards and a TD vs BYU Darius Jennings had 7 catches for 61 yards and a TD vs BYU

The UVa football team only had 114 passing yards in Saturday's win over BYU, and the players and coaches say the passing game must improve if the 'Hoos have a chance of upsetting Oregon this week.  

David Watford completed 18 of 32 passes in his first career start last weekend, including a touchdown pass to junior receiver Darius Jennings.

The Cavaliers had a few dropped passes, and only converted 6 of 20 third down tries.

The wet conditions may have played a factor, as well as the fact Virginia was facing one of the nation's best defense.

Jennings says, "That was our first game under this new system, under coach Fairchild.  We've been working hard.   I think you saw some progress but we still have a long way to go, and I think with each practice, each rep, each game that we have we will get there.  I expect Dave to play better as he goes throughout the season."

UVa senior offensive lineman Morgan Moses says, "That first game was a little shaky for all of us, especially with everybody in new positions.  New starting quarterback.  New right tackle.  Just having some new guys in there, I definitely thought it was a good win for us."

Head coach Mike London adds, "Obviously we have to do a better job on 3rd down situations.  I think we were 6-for-20.  A couple of those were drops, a couple of those were efficient throws. We have to improve ourselves there, because if you're off the field more than 30% on 3rd down, that means you're turning the ball back over to them."

Virginia will host #3 Oregon Saturday at 3:30 at Scott Stadium.

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