November 9, 2009
The Cavalier football team returns home to face Boston College on Saturday and will not only be looking to snap its three game losing streak, but looking for some offensive production as well. After watching his offense gain 536 yards against Indiana on October 10, Al Groh has seen a dramatic decrease in yards, points and wins.
This past Saturday's game in Miami was the latest in a string of poor offensive performances. Virginia only gained 149 yards of total offense while scoring 17 points. Marc Verica was just 11-29 in passing for 75 yards and an interception. Rashawn Jackson saw the most production, posting 77 rushing yards and a touchdown. The total offensive yardage marked a season low for Gregg Brandon's offensive unit, but it followed the recent trend of declining production.
Virginia took on Maryland back on October 17 and gained 201 yards on the offensive side in a sloppy 20-9 win over Maryland in College Park. That was the last time the Cavaliers tasted victory, as the following week against Georgia Tech saw things fall off even more. Virginia gained 198 total yards in a 34-9 loss to the Yellow Jackets and failed to score a touchdown.
Duke came into Scott Stadium on October 31. The Cavaliers played the Blue Devils tough defensively for most of the game, but the offense once again posted a sub-par performance, gaining just 196 yards, which included a grand total of one yard of total offense in the first quarter. Duke would win the game, 28-17.
Now the Cavaliers prepare for a Boston College team that leads the ACC Atlantic Division. The Eagle defense only allows 263.2 yards of total defense per game. We will have much more on the match up with Boston College throughout the week.