"The pain that we felt after losing that game against Notre Dame, you could just feel it," said UVa running back Albert Reid. "As soon as we walked into the locker room after that, everybody was all quiet, and a couple people had their heads down. But there was no reason to have our heads down. We fought."
Virginia will now have to pull themselves up after its hearbreaking loss to Notre Dame on Saturday, but in the loss the 'Hoos' offense seemed to click. After rushing for under 100-yards against UCLA, the 'Hoos were able to run for 127 yards. A positive difference for sure, and Reid wants that progress to continue to the next game.
"We have to get the running game going in order to open up the passing game," he said. "The passing game is going to complement the running game. The running game is going to complement the passing game."
Reid, who transferred from Maryland in the offseason, also recorded his first touchdown in the loss-rushing the ball five times for 23 yards and catching four passes for 14 yards.
"Just coming here and getting back on the field and just feeling that intensity and the crowd being in the game and things like that, there's no better feeling than getting better and scoring a touchdown at the end of the game," Reid said. "My adrenaline was rushing."
The running back wants his team to feel that intensity again no matter who they play.
"[We need to play ]every game like we played against Notre Dame," he said, "giving it everything, no matter who the opponent is."
"You've got to have that mentality like, you can't lose anymore," he added. "Somebody's going to feel the pain that we felt after we lost against Notre Dame. So the mentality that we're going to have this week, and every week here on out, it's like, we're not losing. We're going to win."