However, the way Virginia did it was a surprising result.
Virginia and SC will meet in Charlotte, N.C. on Saturday, Dec. 29 for the Belk Bowl at Bank of America Stadium. "I don't know of many teams that have done that in a bowl". "I appreciate our fan base". We didn't put on a good performance, and that's on me.
Perkins threw three touchdown passes to Olamide Zaccheaus, the game's Most Outstanding Player, and Virginia's 14th-ranked pass defense dominated a SC team that had averaged more than 38 points over its previous five games. If Bentley is able to have a big game, then the Gamecocks should be able to come out on top in a close match up.
South Carolina's injury-ravaged defense gave up 413 yards to the Cavaliers, most of it to junior quarterback Bryce Perkins.
SC fell to 7-6 on the season, while Virginia improved to 8-5.
There is a huge advantage for SC in this game.
Perkins said he felt chemistry with Zaccheaus the first day he transferred in past year from Arizona Western Community College - and his favorite target agreed.
Virginia (8-5) beat SC (7-6) in dominant fashion, 28-0, winning the Belk Bowl in Charlotte.
The fourth score, a 12-yard pass, capped the scoring with 6:54 left.
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Not long after, Fenton was benched, and he spent the entirety of the second half on the bench, at times with his helmet on. They raced toward the first down marker, and Perkins was a step faster, going out of bounds for a gain of eight.
"They present a lot of issues and they outnumber you because of the quarterback and he creates and extra gap", Muschamp said.
SC (7-6) had been 3-0 all-time in Bank of America, home to the NFL's Carolina Panthers.
Ellis ran for 106 yards on 26 carries, pushing the senior past the 1,000-yard mark on the season. The Gamecocks proceeded to play several true freshmen and converted running back A.J. Turner in the second half.
Virginia went 2-10 in 2016, Mendenhall and Hall's first season in Charlottesville.
"When you get in a 21-0 game, and they start dialing up a bunch of exotic pressures, it becomes a different game", Muschamp said. Quarterback Jake Bentley was sacked, stuffing any chance of momentum the Gamecocks had going into the break. Perkins found Zaccheaus, his third read, in the back of the end zone, for the score. Minshew, who had been held in check in the third quarter, escaped a third-down pass rush to flip a last-second shovel pass to Tay Martin that went for 20 yards.
This game will be a clash of styles with Virginia's spread offense and stellar quarterback Bryce Perkins against that Will Muschamp-coached defense of SC.
However, the Gamecocks would give it right back when senior strong safety Juan Thornhill picked off Bentley and returned it 54 yards to the SC 21-yard-line on his sixth interception of the season. Bryce Perkins stood in against the rush, and hit Zaccheaus for the touchdown right before taking a hit. Delaney's extra point was true to give the Cavaliers a 28-0 lead.