When Coach London and the staff look back on this Miami game, they will surely kick themselves for the missed opportunities in the redzone. For almost the entire game the Cavaliers were competing with Miami and were just a few more complete passes or broken up throws from tying it, or snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. Questionable play calling obviously did not help matters either.
The player of the game for the Hoos was without a doubt, kicker Ian Frye, who connected on four field goals, including a 47 and 48 yarder. Without Frye, UVa would have been embarrassed.
Although he did not end the game with a touchdown pass, QB Matt Johns had another decent game. He did throw another INT, but connected on 29 of 42 pass attempts and racked up 280 yards through the air. At times, Johns was under extreme pressure thanks to Miami's strong pass rush who put heat on Johns nearly the entire game.
Ultimately, it was the UVa defense who was not able to keep Miami at bay that lead to the 6th Virginia loss of the season. Multiple times in the second half the Cavaliers were within one score (or leading), but allowed Miami to drive the field and score (at least) a FG.
In the fourth quarter, with the Hoos trailing by just six after a 36 yd Ian Frye FG (after a questionable PI call negated a UVa TD), the Canes were able to manufacture an 11 play, 58 yard drive that culminated in a FG and ate up 4:53 of gameplay and the rest of UVa's timeouts, that gave them an insurmountable 27-18 lead with just minutes left.
There were plenty of positives to take from the game that will be recapped this week, but plenty of negatives that will frustrate more UVa fans that just want to see UVa win the close games on the road.
The loss also gives UVa their 6th loss of the season and extends the UVa road loss streak even further. The Cavaliers will now have to win their final three games against Louisville, Duke, and Virginia Tech if they want to go to a bowl this season. It's not looking good.