Posted: 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013
By Tim Mulholland
That was the score after the first quarter.
Not good, right?
Well, I can tell you that the naysayers I mentioned in the last edition of The View From Scott were certainly out in force during the first 15 minutes of action on Saturday. Perhaps not quite as many as during the Oregon game - after all there were a lot less people in the stands in general. But they were there.
I'll admit, that was not a fun 15 minutes. I didn't like it either. Virginia had 4 possessions in the first quarter and came away with no points against a woefully overmatched Keydet squad. A three and out; a turnover on downs (a four and out?); two interceptions.
The three and out and the turnover on downs concern me more than the interceptions. Yeah, people are concerned about Watford's decision making. I get it. But we shouldn't have a three and out against VMI. We shouldn't have trouble getting one yard on 4th down against VMI. ESPECIALLY after having trouble gaining one yard on 3rd down against VMI.
But setting that aside, we scored 49 points on drives spanning less than two quarters (29:40) before essentially calling off the dogs and bringing in all the backups (and the backups' backups). We even missed a field goal in there, so it could have been a bit better. On those eight consecutive possessions we had seven touchdowns and one missed field goal. Not a single drive took more than five minutes and most were less than two and a half minutes.
So would I have liked a better first quarter? Yes. Were we still efficient and effective overall? Yes. Do I still have concerns about this team - particularly the offense? Yes. Am I freaking out about anything in advance of ACC play? Nope. Bring on the Panthers.
As always, some random musings: