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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Shortly after successful the Belk Bowl and incomes Virginia its first bowl victory since 2005, quarterback Bryce Perkins raised the bar.
“This is step one towards making massive strides,” Perkins mentioned. “Subsequent 12 months we wish the Coastal Division — and the ACC championship.”
That might imply knocking off perennial ACC energy Clemson, which has gained 4 straight convention titles.
For now although, the Cavaliers (8-5) should accept savoring a 28-Zero victory over South Carolina within the Belk Bowl, a win that snapped the longest bowl drought within the ACC.
Perkins threw three landing passes to Olamide Zaccheaus, the sport’s Most Excellent Participant, and Virginia’s 14th-ranked move protection dominated a South Carolina group that had averaged greater than 38 factors over its earlier 5 video games.
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Perkins accomplished 22 of 31 passes for 208 yards and ran for 81 yards. Zaccheaus had 12 catches for 100 yards and Jordan Ellis ran for 106 yards and a landing as Virginia held greater than a 24-minute edge in time of possession.
Perkins mentioned he felt chemistry with Zaccheaus the primary day he transferred in final 12 months from Arizona Western Neighborhood School — and his favourite goal agreed.
“The most important factor with me and Bryce is we get alongside so nicely off the sector — and that simply carries over,” Zaccheaus mentioned. “Even after I won’t make a play or he won’t make a play, it’s like, ‘Who needs it on the following play?’ We’re the identical that manner.”
Virginia’s protection was relentless.
It put the clamps on quarterback Jake Bentley, who had thrown for 16 touchdowns over the earlier 5 video games, together with a 510-yard, five-TD efficiency towards Clemson earlier this month. Bentley was restricted to 218 yards on 17-of-39 passing and was intercepted twice.
South Carolina (7-6) was 2 of 13 on third down conversions and a pair of of 5 on fourth downs.
The Gamecocks clearly weren’t the identical enjoying with out huge receiver Deebo Samuel, who bypassed the bowl recreation to start making ready for the NFL draft.
Coach Will Muschamp mentioned he was “disenchanted” within the group’s efficiency, including “we didn’t placed on a superb present and that’s on me.”
Bentley mentioned he didn’t play nicely in any respect.
“The interceptions particularly after which not executing within the purple zone is a troublesome factor to swallow,” mentioned Bentley, who added that he hasn’t decided on whether or not he’ll enter the NFL draft.
The Gamecocks had been shut out for the primary time since 2006, after they misplaced 18-Zero to Georgia.
“That’s large,” Virginia security Joey Blount mentioned. “I don’t know of many groups which have achieved that in a bowl. That simply exhibits our protection is for actual.”
South Carolina: The primary recreation of the post-Samuel period didn’t go nicely. That could possibly be a troubling signal for subsequent season for the Gamecocks, who had come into the sport as five-point favorites. It might be a bit stunning if Bentley turns professional, significantly after such a poor efficiency.
Virginia: Bronco Mendenhall’s protection restricted what the Gamecocks may muster on offense with a sequence of blitzes and robust protection within the secondary. Most of that unit will return subsequent season.
South Carolina coach Will Muschamp mentioned he felt Perkins ought to have been the sport’s MVP due to his capacity to “hold performs alive together with his ft on third downs” time and time once more.
Ellis mentioned having Perkins on the sector is like enjoying a online game.
“You suppose he’s going to get sacked and he finally ends up getting out it and working for 10 or 15 yards and getting a primary down,” Ellis mentioned. “It’s simply loopy to observe him play. He will get out of hassle and might throw the ball down the sector. It’s simply exhausting to cease him. He’s going to be even higher subsequent 12 months.”
HALL TO RETURN
Virginia defensive again Bryce Corridor introduced he’s returning for his senior season after considering getting into the NFL draft. Corridor leads the nation with 20 move breakups throughout the common season. That ought to bolster a secondary that’s returning most of its gamers aside from Tim Harris.
South Carolina: The Gamecocks return to this stadium on Aug. 31, 2019 to face border state rival North Carolina in a impartial web site recreation. This was South Carolina’s first loss in Financial institution of America Stadium. The Gamecocks have gained regular-season video games in 2011, 2015 and 2017.
Virginia: Has a brilliant future subsequent 12 months with Perkins returning at quarterback. The Cavaliers are again in motion on Sept. 7, 2019 after they host William & Mary.
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