The Virginia Cavaliers continue their spiral in 2013 with yet another loss in ACC play. This time, the loss comes at the hands of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets which sinks the Cavs to 2-6 in the season and winless in conference play. This game might sting more than most for Mike London and his staff as Virginia was handed plenty of opportunities to take command of this game and failed to capitalize on any of them.
Defensively, Virginia forced five turnovers out of Georgia Tech, three fumbles and two interceptions but scored zero points off those turnovers. The biggest dropped opportunity came at the end of the first half when Virginia picked off a pass and took possession at their own 41. They quickly moved into the red zone on a trio of passes from David Watford to Darius Jennings and then were set up on the two-yard line with a pass interference penalty perfectly set up to take the lead going into the half.
But the Cavaliers were unable to punch it in. After spending their final timeout after getting stuffed with six seconds left, Virginia chose to try and punch it in again instead of taking the points. Tech stood tall and stuffed the running play short of the goal line and the Jackets triumphantly ran off the field with the lead 14-10 at the break. It was this kind of inability to make plays that were available that ended up costing the Cavs.
Outside of their missed opportunities and high-risk decisions that didn’t pan out, Virginia played well enough to win this football game offensively. Watford threw for 376 yards with a pair of touchdown passes and had two receivers with over 100 yards receiving in Jennings and Tim Smith. But the team failed to take advantage of the turnovers and field position handed to them and the defense had no answer for the triple-option attack of Georgia Tech, allowing 394 yards on the ground.
At the end of the day, it is another disappointing chapter in the 2013 season for Virginia. They have failed to play consistently at any point this season to give themselves any opportunity to win in the ACC this season. Is there any way the Cavs can salvage this season down the stretch with some quality wins?