After consecutive losses, members of the UVa football team say they can sense negativity around the program, but say they won't give up on their season just five games in.
"They're not quitting in that locker room in there," head coach Mike London said after his team's 48-27 loss to Ball State on Saturday. "They want to come back again tomorrow and get ready for the seven games left in the season. We're 2-3, that's what we are right now, with a chance to get better. And that's all my focus and goal is to do."
Before the 'Hoos lost to Ball State, the offense struggled to put up points in a 14-3 loss at Pitt the week before.
"Especially on the offensive side, the dark cloud was certainly forming last week," said senior offensive lineman Luke Bowanko. "They did a good job of showing out a little bit and having a good day. Obviously the penalties aren't acceptable, but I think we'll be alright."
UVa finished with 13 penalties for a total of 93 yards in the loss to Ball State. They also had two touchdowns called back because of flags.
Despite their recent struggles, the 'Hoos say they are leaning on each other and working to stay positive as they enter the bulk of their ACC schedule, starting Saturday at Maryland.
"We've got to stick together, because at the end of the day it's all about us, it's all about what we do," said sophomore quarterback David Watford. "People are going to love us, people are going to hate us. You know it is what it is when it comes to the fans and their support for us, but we've just got to stick to what we do. We've just got to keep fighting, got to keep working. We can't let this game dictate our season."
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