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Virginia vs. Miami: MVPs, takeaways and more

Observations from a frustrating loss in Coral Gables.

NCAA Football: Virginia at Miami Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

I can remember a lot of games where people and fans were frustrated with Coach Bennett’s style, or my terrible shot selection, or my terrible defense, or a handful of other things. It clearly worked out because we decided not to listen to anyone on Twitter. Instead, we buckled down, put our blinders on, and took care of business.

Now, I’ve been active on Twitter, but I hope no one listens to me. Virginia is 4-2 for the second year in a row. Once again, relax.


Bryce Hall

The senior All-American is likely out for the season after needing to be carted off the field with an air cast on his lower left leg. Hall is the type of player that impacts the game just by being on the field. He is a team captain and role model off the field. You can’t replace that.

I wish him the best and can’t wait to watch him on Sundays.

The usual suspects

A handful of the expected players stepped up as they always, though the end result fell just short. Bryce Perkins went 24-for-41 with 244 yards, and hit his favorite target Hasise Dubois seven times for 93 yards before the latter left the game with an apparent shoulder injury. Joe Reed had five catches for 33 yards.

The whole defense performed admirably, holding Miami to 265 total yards and keeping Virginia in the game as they hoped the offense would figure it out. Finally, Nash Griffin helped the defense out immensely, booming three punts an average of 44.3 yards.



  • The two wide outs are some of the best in the country
  • Punting was great
  • Defense played amazing all night
  • Virginia played their asses off regardless of frustrations, losing a teammate, and being on the road


  • OL is still a problem which, in turn, hurts running game
  • Tackling, to me, is still not as solid as I’d like
  • Play calling was so predictable
  • Offense didn’t produce enough
  • Hoos missed some opportunities that could’ve changed the momentum and even the outcome of the game

Our coaching staff will make adjustments. Our players will be back and better. I’m excited for the direction this football program is going. Virginia is a few plays away from still being ranked, and the fans should not be discouraged. My first year we were 2-10. We have a ways to go but we are becoming a steady football team. Oh, and FYI: Virginia is still favored to win the Coastal.....RELAX.