Why we’re going all in on Virginia football, Texas coach says
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AUBURN HILLS, Mich.
— When the sky opened up and the air grew thin, you knew you had a problem.
You couldn’t wait to get your bearings, and that was until the sky got thinner.
When it finally got so thin that it couldn’t be contained, the first thing you wanted to do was leave the room and walk to the car.
That’s exactly what Virginia head coach Matt Viator did after the Cavaliers’ 38-31 victory over Virginia Tech on Saturday.
The Cavaliers’ offense did not explode.
They ran a balanced attack that ran mostly straight-line and vertical plays, but the Cavaliers were unable to capitalize on their opportunities, and they had no answer for Virginia Tech’s defense.
The game plan that the Hokies used was to keep it simple, but they did not have time to develop a formula for success.
Virginia was able to run all day and get into their offense with just enough speed and athleticism to win games, but Viator said that he did not expect them to win a lot of games.
“We were going to run it all day, and then it was the next day we had to make a decision, whether it was running the ball or whether we had the same speed,” Viator told ESPN.
“I think we had a good decision made by the coaching staff to run that one day.”
Viator also pointed out that Virginia has had problems with turnovers this season, which has been a recurring theme for the Cavaliers.
Virginia is 7-3 with 17 turnovers.
The Hokies are 4-4 this season with five or fewer turnovers.
The Hokies scored 28 first-half points in a 25-3 run to take a 29-14 lead at halftime.
They added another 24 points in the second half, but Virginia outscored Virginia Tech 30-10 after halftime.
The Cavaliers then scored three straight points to take an 18-16 lead.
Virginia was able as much as possible to slow the Hokie offense down, but that did not stop the Virginia defense from making huge plays.
The defense was so dominant in the first half that the Cavaliers had to play a quick-strike game plan to slow Virginia’s attack.
“It’s tough, because there is always pressure, and it’s really hard to get in the way of it,” Virginia coach Matt Virginia said.
“We’ve had a lot going on in the last week, so that pressure is always going to be there, but it’s just a good thing to get out of the way and get out in the open field.
That gives us a chance to get a lot out of our defense and our offensive line.”
Virginia has played its first two games against the Cavaliers at home, with the first game being a 38-28 win at Virginia Tech in 2015.
It was Virginia’s first win over the Hokiers since a 37-3 win in the 2014 season opener.
Virginia’s previous win over Virginia came in a 45-0 win in 2014.
Virginia is ranked fourth in the AP poll.
The ACC’s other teams are Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, North Carolina, Louisville and Duke.
Virginia will play at No. 8 Clemson on Thursday.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich.— When the sky opened up and the air grew thin, you knew you had a problem.You couldn’t…