Virginia isn’t going to do anything all that pretty, but it was able to win in a blowout, anyway. The offense sputtered at times, but the defense was out of this world in the second half as it allowed Bryce Perkins and company to take over. The UVa QB threw two touchdown passes and ran for 44 yards, but this game was about the other side.
There wasn’t a Pitt running game. There was no explosion – especially compared to last season – and QB Kenny Pickett had nothing happening down the field. The offensive line couldn’t handle the Virginia defensive front.
It’s not like Virginia did anything to amazing. It was +2 in turnover margin, and it controlled the clock for over 34 minutes, but the win because the pressure was there from all sides, the D got off the field when it had to, and even after being down at halftime, the team was never out of control. It wasn’t a sexy performance, but Virginia looked like it might just be the second-best team in the ACC.
Monday September 2