Just when you thought you could have hope that UVa could pull off a miracle upset, Lamar Jackson stepped up and lofted a pass into the endzone to give the Cardinals a 32-25 lead with just 13 seconds left.
The Cavaliers fought the entire game and this is the kind of game UVa fans have been looking for. Inspired play for all four quarters against a legitimate opponent. In the end, two interceptions and some head scratching play calling gave the Hoos their 6th loss of the season.
At times, UVa’s QB Kurt Benkert showed flashes of greatness. The Hoos’ first TD drive saw two beautiful touch passes, and Benkert was able to manufacture a masterful drive in the 4th Quarter to give UVa the lead. But at the same time, Benkert forced multiple passes leading to the two Louisville interceptions. One gave Louisville great field position, while the other was deep on a drive that had promises of UVa points.
The other story of the game has to be UVa’s defense that seemingly kept the Cavaliers in the game. Even though Lamar Jackson ended up with 361 yards through the air and 90 on the ground, the defense kept Virginia in the game from the start. Admittedly, Louisville penalties and dropped passes certainly helped as well.
Yes, it was a loss, but this team is showing promise and could turn the corner soon, or significantly improve in the offseason, but Bronco Mendenhall has the team moving in the right direction.
The loss drops the Hoos to 2-6 on the season. A game at Wake Forest next weekend gives UVa their best chance to get a 3rd W with games against Georgia Tech, Miami, and Virginia Tech to follow.