But winning means never having to say you're sorry.
"Fellas, I'm not making any apologies for this game at all," Groh said Sunday, a day after his team's 48-29 homecoming victory at Scott Stadium.
Much of the talk after the game centered on Virginia's struggles against the winless Zips (0-4) of the Mid-American Conference. To be sure, some of the numbers were ugly.
Akron gained 495 yards and accumulated 27 first downs. UVa's defense allowed five drives of at least 10 plays, including a 17-play, 89-yard touchdown march that ate up nearly seven minutes of the third and fourth quarters.
The Zips converted four fourth downs and ran 98 offensive plays, 41 more than Virginia, while keeping the ball nearly 14 minutes longer than the Cavaliers.
Some of those statistics are significant, Groh said, "but points is the most important thing. Most importantly, having more points than the other guys."
And as Groh pointed out, the Cavaliers (2-2) did more than enough good things to win by 19 points.
Matt Schaub threw touchdown passes to five different receivers, highlighting the increased diversity of Virginia's offense. The Cavaliers rushed for 212 yards, 102 by freshman tailback Wali Lundy.
Even the defense and special teams - team weaknesses this season - put points on the scoreboard. Art Thomas returned an interception 42 yards for a crucial touchdown late in the third quarter. Darryl Blackstock scored on a 9-yard return of Alex Seals' blocked punt in the first quarter.
It was the first time Virginia scored an offensive, defensive and special teams touchdown since a 55-21 victory over Central Michigan in 1996. The 49 points were the most UVa scored since racking up 50 against Buffalo in 1999.
"We had a really good rhythm on offense," said Schaub, who ranks seventh nationally in passing efficiency. "We were pretty relaxed out there. We were confident we could move the ball."
Virginia's special teams were solid overall, despite another missed field goal. Kurt Smith hooked a 36-yarder on the first possession, meaning the Cavaliers are now 0 for 2 on field goals (both by Smith). On the positive side, freshman Tom Hagan averaged 44 yards on three punts with a net of 42 yards. Kickoff coverage also was good with the exception of one 45-yard return.
"I thought overall our coverage teams were much more beneficial," Groh said.
The discrepancy in plays was partly the result of UVa's touchdowns on defense and special teams, which gave Akron consecutive possessions on several occasions. Still, Groh and his players acknowledged that the defensive performance must improve.
The Zips had 18 plays of at least 10 yards, including five of at least 20 yards.
"We gave up a lot of big plays," linebacker Angelo Crowell said. "If we eliminate big plays, we'll be all right. We can't give those up."
Groh gave credit to Akron's spread offense and quarterback Charlie Frye, who threw for 336 yards. When the Cavaliers used four cornerbacks to cover all the receivers, Frye often audibled to a running play. The Zips ran 48 times and passed 50 more.
"They have a good little system going," Groh said.