Football coaches often emphasize the need to control the game clock by winning time of possession, but don’t tell that to Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall after his squad’s 34-17 loss to Indiana on Saturday.
The Cavaliers held the ball for close to 34 minutes and ran 91 plays from scrimmage. They mustered 2 touchdowns and 1 field goal.
Indiana scored 34 points on 71 plays and held the ball for just over 25 minutes.
Virginia offensive coordinator Robert Anae said the lack of big plays was the biggest factor. Virginia didn’t have a play go for more than 20 yards.
“Unfortunately, we don’t have the points,” Anae told Roanoke Times writer Doug Doughty. ” If you run that many plays, you think the points would accumulate. We fell short in that regard.”
The lone bright spot of the Cavaliers offense was junior wide receiver Olamide Zaccheaus. Zaccheaus had a career-high 12 receptions for 72 yards. It was the 18th consecutive game that Zaccheaus had at least 1 reception.