UVa Football Uses Strength Of Schedule To Power Forward
Second ranked Oregon brought their fast paced, no huddle offense to Scott's Stadium Saturday as they took down the 'Hoos 59-10. UVa Head Coach Mike London was first to point out that these Ducks came as advertised.
"Obviously you try to practice the pace but sometimes you can't practice the athleticism that they have out there," said London.
Oregon didn't waste any time as their quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate, Marcus Mariota, took the fifth snap of the game 71 yards into the endzone for the early lead.
UVa linebacker, Daquan Romero, had 8 tackles against the Ducks. Romero said, "Their speed was something that we haven't really seen before. But its not really an excuse for us. Its just a whole lot of missed assignments that we kind of blew."
Meanwhile the Cavs had 298 yards against the Ducks. David Watford made his second career start as he converted 29-of-41 passes, but his 161 yard performance was overshadowed by 3 interceptions and a lost fumble.
"We faced the top two defenses, two of the best defenses in the nation and know that we can push the ball downfield against anybody, we can drive the ball, that gives us confidence," said Watford.
While the Cavaliers aren't satisfied with the outcome of the game, they understand its only up from here after facing BYU and 2nd ranked Oregon to start off their season.
"Its great to schedule teams like that, no matter what the outcome is. We always try our hardest but no matter what the outcome is later in the season its great to have those experiences," said tight end Zachary Swanson who had 4 catches for 43 yards.
UVa safety Anthony Harris had 7 tackles against the Ducks. Harris added, "Its a great measurement stick to see where we're at and critique our talent. They were great challenges the first two weeks so we just gotta move forward and learn from it."
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