Pittsburgh gained 217 yards in the first 15 minutes, however, Jon Tenuta and his men were able to switch things up and hold the Panthers to just 146 yards the rest of the game. During that first quarter, the 'Hoos were hurt by big plays once again. In the first 15 minutes the Cavs allowed:
- 28-yard pass
- 37-yard touchdown reception
- 48-yard run
- 36-yard pass
The defense did record its first two takeaways, one of them was returned for a touchdown.
UVa had four penalties for 22-yards. Two of those penalties came at the worst time, during the 'Hoos last drive.
Matt Johns struggled against the Panthers. The junior quarterback went 17-of-33 and one interception, throwing for 1 touchdown and 1 interception.
UVa made two trips to the red zone and only took home six points from those visits. (Johns' interception also happened as the 'Hoos were driving in the third quarter).
The run game also left something to be desired. On the stat sheet it says the Cavaliers amounted 139-yards on 31 carries. Albert Reid's run, however, was 71-yards. If you take that out Virginia ran for 68-yards on 30 carries-thats 2.3 yards per carry.
UVa also struggled on third down conversion going 5-of-15. Their first third down conversion coming with 1:11 to go in the first half.