Well, that was ugly. The offense looked terrible, just terrible. The defense ultimately wore down because they were on the field so much, thanks to UVa's patented "Three And Out" offense. It added up to a miserable afternoon for the Hoos.
Unfortunately, it wasn't miserable for as many fans as usual:
As the lead expanded into the fourth quarter, the already sparse crowd of 43,616 - a season-low and the worst attendance since 40,100 fans showed up in a 1999 game against Buffalo - began to file out. An announcement in the fourth quarter with UVa trailing 27-9 said that fans may leave due to sever weather in the area and use their ticket for re-entry, but few fans likely took advantage. Rather than watch Virginia unravel at game's end, the few students that remained on the grassy hill behind the UVa end zone instead slid down a man-made mudslide, to the biggest Virginia cheers of the fourth quarter.
Wow, tiny crowd. I watched the game on television, and didn't notice the crowd being so small. Then again, when Raycom broadcasts a game, there's a lot that we miss (Raycom is a joke).
I guess the fans are voting on Al Groh's program with their wallets. It's a bad situation, especially for the players, who deserve support.
I'm as much to blame as others who didn't show up. I was a long-time season ticket holder until this season. I didn't renew because it's a 4.5 hour drive each way for me (with two young children), and that's too difficult a trip to make only to watch a football program that seems unprepared too often.
Okay, time to get ready for Duke. Anyone else worried about that game?