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UVA Football with some positive signs in the loss

Statistically UVA played a great game, but still came away with a loss.

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Despite the close loss to the Pittsburgh Panthers, the Virginia Cavaliers had some positive statistics coming out of the game.

  • It was the first time all year the defense forced a turnover - two of them actually. The first takeaway was returned for a touchdown, and the second was on the goal line preventing a touchdown. Those turnovers were huge point swings that kept UVA in the game.
  • The 363 yards allowed to Pitt were the lowest of the season and lowest since the defense held Miami to only 327 last season, the last time the Cavaliers beat a FBS team.
  • The Hoo's ran for 139 yards, also a team high since the Miami win.
  • Virginia only committed 4 penalties, again the lowest since the win over Miami.
  • UVA's defense only allowed 16 Panther first downs, fewest guessed it, the Miami win.

Notice a trend? If the Cavaliers can run the ball, create turnovers, limit penalties, and keep up the good defense against Syracuse then maybe the Hoos can get their first FBS win since last November.