Virginia Football Fights on, but Falls To USC Trojans, 17-14

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Virginia Football Fights on, but Falls To USC Trojans, 17-14
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Just about no one gave Virginia football a chance when they headed into the Coliseum to take on 16th-ranked Southern California.

After all, the Cavaliers suffered a humbling 52-7 loss the last time these two teams clashed in Charlottesville. 

Why would things be any different this time around?  Particularly considering that Trojan quarterback Matt Barkley had tied a school record with five passing touchdowns in the season opener against Hawaii.

The Trojans had won 18 straight home openers and they did claim No. 19 Saturday night.  However, no one would have predicted exactly how it would happen.

"Moral victories" are something Cavalier fans are tired of hearing about. 

After all, they do not get you into bowl games.  They do not give you an asterisk next to your record.  They are quickly forgotten by everyone outside of your fan base.

Still, after a 17-14 loss, there are plenty of positives to take away from this performance for the Cavaliers.  At the same time, some problems not only remained but may have gotten worse.

Here are 10 lessons we learned from Week 2's game.

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