Bryce Perkins threw for 207 yards and three touchdowns.
SC will open the 2019 season back in the same building, facing North Carolina in the Belk College Kickoff game on August 31. Yes, South Carolina wen't 7-5 this year and yes, the Gamecocks could have conceivably performed considerably better this year.
A year ago, Virginia ended its season with a disappointing, blowout loss in a bowl game.
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. That's part of the reason the Gamecocks are 7-5 heading into Saturday's Belk Bowl against Virginia.
Even playing an intimidating slate of SEC games, Edwards said Virginia's secondary was one of the two best SC will face all season.
South Carolina QB Jake Bentley is closing in on 3,000 yards passing - with 510 of those coming against No. 2 Clemson.
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Virginia has 15 interceptions on the season as a team, and five of them belong to senior safety Juan Thornhill.
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The Cavaliers picked up where they left off when the third quarter got under way, forcing a punt on the Gamecocks' first possession, then following by taking advantage of good field position to go up 21-0 on Zaccheaus's second score of the afternoon, a 10-yard touchdown catch. Their history goes back to the 1945 Gator Bowl. RB Jordan Ellis led Cavaliers in rushing with 931 yards with nine TDs.
Cavaliers quarterback Bryce Perkins went 22 of 31 for 208 yards. He also had two interceptions.
In just his second season as South Carolina's full-time starter at quarterback, Bentley is inserting himself into the school's record books. He finished the day with 12 receptions for 100 yards and three touchdowns, just shy of 2002 MVP Wali Lundy's Belk Bowl record of number of touchdowns and points-four and 24 respectively.
Defensively, South Carolina is allowing their opponents to average 27.2 ppg on 425.3 total yards per game (230.8 passing yds/g; 194.5 rushing yds/g). After losing handily to the Bulldogs in Week 2, the season settled into a much more familiar rhythm with wins against Vanderbilt, Missouri and Tennessee and losses against every top 25 team on the schedule.
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