The raw numbers were alarming. Virginia allowed 402 yards passing Saturday, most in three years, and squandered a 28-0 lead against Central Michigan.
But if we've learned anything about Bronco Mendenhall in his nine months as Virginia's coach, it's that he's devoted to analytics. And the analytics, or metrics, not to mention the scoreboard, say the Cavaliers acquitted themselves well.
Defeating the Chippewas 49-35 to dodge its first 0-4 start since 1982 certainly is no reason to consider the program's ills cured or declare Mendenhall football's Jonas Salk, but it's a dividend Virginia is more than capable of compounding Saturday at Duke.
Yes, the Blue Devils (2-2, 0-1)...