"I felt like once those guys started scoring, you started seeing [our] eyes get big. Like, 'Here we go again,'" tailback Kevin Parks said. "Can't let that happen. You have to play four quarters. I don't feel like we played four quarters of football."
Coach Mike London, sitting squarely on a hot seat, turned over his staff following the disappointing campaign. Now, with a little help from an old friend, he is hopeful the Cavaliers are back on track.
When Virginia wasn't taking the ball from Mike Glennon, the Cavaliers were throwing him to the turf. Their defense forced five turnovers — after getting just four in the previous eight games — and six sacks in a 33-6 rout of North Carolina State on Saturday that snapped a six-game losing streak.
After a hiccup at the start of the game, Virginia's defense mostly held its own against No. 16 TCU on Saturday. The Cavaliers' offense again couldn't generate anything significant in a 27-7 loss.
The outcome had been decided and Highway 29 was getting congested, but as the final minutes ticked off in Virginia's win against Richmond on Saturday, the Cavaliers' defenders were fully engaged with the action.