For now though, the Cavaliers (8-5) will have to settle for savoring a 28-0 victory over SC in the Belk Bowl, a win that snapped the longest bowl drought in the ACC. However, the way Virginia did it was a surprising result.
The Cavaliers do not want a repeat performance in the Belk Bowl Saturday against SC.
All things considered with the sheer number of injuries that the South Carolina Gamecocks suffered throughout the season, Will Muschamp's team really didn't have that bad of a season. "I appreciate our fan base. We sold our allotment of tickets and didn't put on a good show and that's on me, and I apologize to them". The last two were overtime decisions. With AP Photos.South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley threw for almost 3,000 yards and had 27 touchdowns, including 510 yards and one score against No. 2 Clemson this season.
SC (7-5) finished fourth in the SEC East this season, and all five of their losses were to bowl teams now ranked in the top 25.
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Virginia's win is the second shutout in Belk Bowl history.
Senior wide receiver Olamide Zaccheaus had a record-setting day, catching 12 passes for 100 yards and three touchdowns as U.Va. beat SC, 28-0 in the Belk Bowl. SC went an even 4-4 in SEC play and lost all five games it played against ranked teams. "They were a great football team".
"We are just thrilled", Vrahoretis said.
On the season, SC is averaging 32.6 ppg on 440.2 total yards per game (277.4 passing yds/g; 162.8 rushing yds/g).
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Jordan Ellis had 26 carries for 106 yards and a touchdown. Virginia's defense ranks 14th in the nation against the pass and is allowing less than 22 points per game.
"I am glad it wasn't a nail biter", Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall said. They knew what was capable and they knew we weren't going to win unless they played well.
"I wish I had another year, because next year is going to be better than this year", Zaccheaus said. The Gamecocks were plenty responsible for the loss and the disappointing season, but they also seemed to always be on the wrong end of the bounce. The Gamecocks were third in the SEC in passing, putting up 277.4 yards per game.
South Carolina: South Carolina could just never get it rolling in 2018.
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USC quarterback Jake Bentley was a mere 17 of 40 for 218 yards and was intercepted twice.
Teams have only been able to muster 21.8 points and 337.2 yards per game against UVA's stout defense.
"That was buried the minute we came back and got to work in January", Mendenhall said. "Grateful to the bowl committee for giving UVA this opportunity and we hope it's a good game".
Cavaliers QB Bryce Perkins has passed for 1,828 yards this season, including a 379-yard performance Week 3 versus Ohio. "All I can say is I'm very thankful". "We did what we came out to do here". Bryce Perkins stood in against the rush, and hit Zaccheaus for the touchdown right before taking a hit. Virginia won two games in Mendenhall's first season, six in his second and with this win have won eight games for the first time since 2011.
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Crystal Palace captain Milivojevic said he was "proud of the team". He said: "The third goal, the penalty, was really tough for us". Valuable minutes wasted in a close, close game.