It's been a season of frustration for Virginia's Cavaliers, who look to be one of those teams whose bottom line obscures progress made on multiple fronts.
At least that's the way coach Mike London sees his team, which since opening the season with a promising victory over BYU, has lost six of seven, with the only victory coming over FCS opponent VMI.
Playing what is currently ranked as the nation's toughest schedule, the Cavaliers got blown out by Oregon, failed to score a touchdown in a loss to Pittsburgh, was outscored by Ball State, lost by a single point at Maryland, and then blew a 22-0 lead in a loss at home to Duke. Last week, Virginia couldn't stop Georgia Tech's rushing attack, and despite throwing for nearly 400 yards, lost 35-25.
What's a coach to do in such a situation?
"You can't let it get to the point where you show your frustration in terms of giving up or giving in," said London this week. "I mean, obviously, we played in games that we've done well but have not done well enough in terms of points or keeping people out of the end zone or in terms of capitalizing on turnovers.
"It's discouraging, but at the same time you always have to continue to talk to the players about it's an opportunity to change, to turn, to make those plays, things to happen that can lead to victories, lead to positive things happening in games."
London says that so far, his players are handling their disappointment well, continuing to give effort both in practice and on game day.
"You're dealing with the psyche of young men that are 19, 20, 21 years old," London said. "We're ruled by the psychology of results. Right now we're not winning games, but guys are practicing hard, there's effort being given.
"We'll continue to keep working, continue to keep expecting and demanding their best, and see a breakthrough."
One area where London has seen unmistakable improvement is in the play of sophomore quarterback David Watford.
"As a first time starter in the college games that he's played this year, you're looking for a level of progress," London said. "Each game, the last couple games, he's progressed in a lot of things - his poise.
"Of the balls that Tim (Smith) caught last week, there were some that were thrown that were right on the money. Sometimes that takes a maturation process. Sometimes you have to be in a college football game in order to make those types of decisions. It's easy in practice."
For the Cavaliers to have a chance to beat Clemson on Saturday, London said Watford will have to play well.
David continues to get better, and he's going to have to get better," London said. "He has to play his best football game as we play a great team coming to Charlottesville this Saturday."