Charlottesville - After four straight losses, the Virginia Cavaliers have a laundry list of problems on both sides of the ball. If they're going to turn things around, improvement across the board is needed.
A quick scan of the stat sheet will tell you why Virginia has lost four straight. Offensively, Phillip Sims and Michael Rocco have combined for 10 interceptions against 11 touchdowns...and through five games, the Cavs didn't have a tailback approach 100 yards. Perry Jones finally broke that streak against Duke.
Perry Jones, VIRGINIA SENIOR RUNNING BACK, said "I think the biggest things was the line was definitely moving Duke's defense off the ball and us as a backfield we were finding the right gaps and hitting it as hard as we could."
Defensively, they're giving up 401 yards a game and in the four losses they allowed eight touchdowns of 30 yards or more.
Mike London, 14-17 RECORD AS VIRGINIA HEAD COACH, said "You've got to make teams go the distance, you make them have those long drives. You definitely don't want in a few plays or one long play, change the field position and put points on the board."Justin - They're also averaging seven penalties a game.
Luke Bowanko, VIRGINIA JUNIOR CENTER, said "We're real close to hitting on all cylinders and I think one of these games, it might be this week, it might be next week, we might be able to put up a complete performance and that's what we're looking towards."
Saturday the Cavaliers face Maryland, a team that's 3-and-2 and coming off a win over Wake Forest 19-14.