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3 takeaways from Belk Bowl win over SC

3 takeaways from Belk Bowl win over SC

"That's not the outcome that we want so we're doing everything we can this year to forget about the past, but also to work off it as well". SC has been solid in Bowls as of late, as the Gamecocks have won 5 of their last 6 Bowls game, including a 26-19 victory over the Michigan Wolverines in last year's Outback Bowl.

And yet, when the teams took the field in Saturday's Belk Bowl, the Gamecocks pass rushers found themselves racing upfield, taking themselves out of the play and giving him room to roam.

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.

He rushed for 81 yards and did beat the Gamecocks with his arm, completing 22 of 31 passes for 208 yards and three scores (no interceptions), and scrambled out of several potential sacks only to complete a big throw.

The X factor on Saturday could be Virginia returner Joe Reed, who has been do-it-all for the Cavaliers over the last three weeks with eight catches for 217 yards and five touchdowns and 10 kickoff returns for 343 yards and one score.

"We've worked tirelessly from our last overtime loss (to Virginia Tech) to this one", Mendenhall said.

"I'm so proud of our football program, the coaches and players, and the progress that we've made in a three-year span", Mendenhall said.

Bentley was limited to 218 yards on 17-of-39 passing and was intercepted twice.




South Carolina: South Carolina could just never get it rolling in 2018. "Being a Virginia School of Nursing graduate, back in 2002, I wasn't able to go to the bowl game, I went this time and it was absolutely, incredible". We sold our allotment of tickets, and we didn't put on a good performance, and that's on me.

"The interceptions especially and then not executing in the red zone is a tough thing to swallow", said Bentley, who added that he hasn't made a decision on whether he'll enter the National Football League draft.

The Gamecocks were shut out for the first time since 2006, when they lost 18-0 to Georgia. "That just shows our defense is for real". SC finished the regular season ranked 35th in total offense, however, I think they are going to run into some trouble against a Cavaliers defense that ranks 27th in scoring defense and 23rd in total defense.

The Gamecocks have scored 32.6 points per game this season, including a season high of 49 versus Coastal Carolina. Most of that unit will return next season.

Vann (5'10/185) has been rotating outside during his freshman season, but there will be more snaps and targets to go around with wide receiver Deebo Samuel skipping the game to focus on the 2019 NFL Draft.

"I love watching Cam Newton's game", said Perkins.

Cavaliers QB Bryce Perkins has passed for 1,828 yards this season, including a 379-yard performance Week 3 versus Ohio. "I gave him a chance and he made a great play for me, broke a tackle and dove into the end zone for the victor". They won by kicking a field goal in overtime and forcing Perkins, hobbled by an ankle injury, to fumble the ball away. "We clearly weren't satisfied with our loss to Virginia Tech (at season's end) and we had a lot to play for". Hall leads the nation with 20 pass breakups during the regular season.

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