Perkins, Zaccheaus lead Virginia over SC 28-0

Olamide Zaccheaus scores a touchdown
Olamide Zaccheaus scores a touchdown

31 December, 2018

The South Carolina Gamecocks enter the game as a five-point favorite, but the team is on upset alert headed into tomorrow's game.

Jake Bentley threw for 510 yards and five touchdowns against No. 2-ranked Clemson last month, so don't expect the SC quarterback to be afraid of anyone - even though his best wide receiver won't play Saturday against Virginia in the Belk Bowl.

"They say in the locker room all the time (that after) the very first play, they thought they had the game in the bag and were going to have a really good game and then from there it just all went downhill", said Perkins, who played in the 2017 National Junior College Athletic Association national championship game.

"This is the first step toward making big strides", Perkins said.

The Cavaliers closed the game out by running the football, which they did well all day. "They're big, they're strong and they're all fast at every spot so we have plays in place to exploit some of their weaknesses".

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.

They finished with 205 total rushing yards - Ellis had 106 and Perkins had 81 - and used their run game to dominate time of possession, a battle they won 42:35 to 17:25.

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The Gamecocks tried to score before the half, but a sack ruined any chance they would have of stealing points before the second quarter came to a close. "It's just that coach will remind us that 'You don't want this to happen again, ' so we need to go out here and work hard so we don't have a replay of past year". "They got after us and it's my responsibility". "He's going to be even better next year".

Virginia's Olamide Zaccheaus (4) celebrates his touchdown catch. The Gamecocks were third in the SEC in passing, putting up 277.4 yards per game.

No fans should expect any Jadeveon Clowney-type hits in this bowl game, but the SC defense will need to come up big, especially against a Virginia quarterback who can both throw and is slippery. Perkins found Zaccheaus on a fourth-and-2 in the back of the end zone for a 6-yard score, and Jordan Ellis added a 9-yard touchdown run to make it 14-0.

SC junior RB Rico Dowdle ranks No. 138 in college football with 633 yards rushing.

"At the end of the day, we came out, and we performed". "Grateful to the bowl committee for giving UVA this opportunity and we hope it's a good game". Perkins passed the ball to wide open junior wide receiver Hasise Dubois, and Dubois ran into space before fumbling the ball just into SC territory.

"It's not about me, it's about the team", Zaccheaus said about his MVP performance.

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