UVa Football's Offense Powers Forward After First ACC Loss
The Virginia football team dropped its ACC opener for the fourth year in a row Saturday, as the Cavaliers fell 14-to-3 at Pittsburgh.
The Wahoo's defense was stellar in defeat, holding the Panthers to less than 200 yards of total offense which includes just eight yards rushing.
Head coach Mike London said, "We created turnovers. We sacked the quarterback. We hit the quarterback. Those types of things, when you do that, you expect the opportunities on the other side, to give you a chance to score, and score points."
While the Virginia defense played well, the offense struggled throughout the contest. Sophomore quarterback David Watford completed just 15-of-36 passes for 122 yards, including a number of dropped balls throughout the game.
"I think we had a lot of drops today. I don't know how many," said tight end Jake McGee. He added, "It seemed like every pass play we were doing something wrong. It's something we have to improve on and fix, and it probably cost us today."
The Cavaliers offense only made to the Red Zone twice all game.
Both of Pittsburgh's touchdown drives covered less than twenty yards.
True freshman Max Valles had a career high 2 1/2 sacks, and says improvement has to be made in all phases of the game. "As a defense, we have to step it up, said Valles. "If the offense doesn't do something, we have to back them up. Even if they're in the Red Zone. We're family. We have to take advantage of it, and make a play, so they don't score a touchdown, and the offense has the confidence to come back out."
UVa will be back out on the field Saturday at noon against Ball State.
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