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Virginia Film Review: Fourth Quarter

There weren’t many positives in the fourth quarter.

NCAA Football: Louisville at Virginia Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The game was put away by Virginia early in the fourth quarter. Louisville’s offense moved the ball some but still couldn’t get into the end zone. The first three quarters are here, here, and here.

UVA BALL, 3RD AND 10

I don’t want to pick on Cornelius Strughill here because he had a very good game but this play gives a good example of something that has to be improved. He’s in press man coverage and he gets a solid jam at the line. Look at the difference between how close he is to the receiver when he leaves the top of the screen compared to where he is when the catch is made. The receivers will only get better every week and zone coverage isn’t working. These guys have to be able to keep up with guys on simple slants routes.

UVA BALL, 3RD AND 13

I wasn’t going to post this play but I had only watched it once and watching it again shows something worth pointing out. UVA has to get thirteen yards for a first down here and they are in a formation that screams “MAX PROTECT”. Yet, for some reason, Brian VanGorder calls a blitz with zero coverage (no safeties) behind it. What makes even less sense is that two of UofL’s linebackers are spying on this play. That means that UVA has one more blocker than UofL has rushers. They of course pick it up and Russ Yeast is caught flat-footed on a post route that he has inside leverage on. This is a touchdown that shouldn’t have happened.

UVA BALL, 2ND AND 7

Two straight plays that show you why Jawon Pass isn’t going to be able to turn the corner and be the guy to lead this team to a bowl game this year.

First play: This is a simple route combination where Pass has to decide which level is open and he has to do it quickly. Jaylen Smith is the open guy here and it’s obvious from the snap. However, Pass is too late with the pass and the defender closes down to make the play. The ball has to be out of his hand before he makes this break but it doesn’t come out until he’s already taken a few steps towards the sideline.

Second play: He needs to go through his progressions much more quickly than he does. He wants to hit the seam route here but it’s taken away as soon as the ball is snapped. He likely has the receiver at the top of the screen for a first down if he identifies things more quickly. It would be a tough throw but it looks like the corner turns his hips right before the break. That might have left a good amount of room to get it there and not risked a pick. He also has the receiver at the bottom of the screen in one on one coverage because of the seam route from the slot guy. However, with all of that, he ends up running to his left and takes a sack.

Jawon has a weird ability to show flashes of being completely capable of being the quarterback for this offense, only to turn into a pumpkin after about four throws.

UOFL BALL, 2ND AND 10

Louisville’s defense got another stop but then the offense does this two plays later. I don’t even know how to describe how frustrating it is to see these guys not be able to identify stunts. #94 for UVA (who is a true freshman backup by the way) goes up field before he kinda loops to the inside. Scheler overplays this so badly that he ends up overrunning him and Pass steps right into the sack.

Scheler has to see the linebacker blitzing behind the tackle there and he has to know that they both won’t be rushing through the same gap. It is obvious that someone will be headed towards the area that he ends up vacating. Even if it wasn’t #94, it would be someone to the right side of the formation and he would need to be there. Overrunning this can’t happen.

What also can’t happen is Jawon Pass feeling this pressure in the pocket but not being strong with the football. No one even touched the ball or his arm.

Not much else happened in this game, but I think Jake summed it up well.