2018 Belk Bowl
17th Belk Bowl
1234 Total
South Carolina 0000 0
Virginia 7777 28
DateDecember 29, 2018
Season2018
StadiumBank of America Stadium
LocationCharlotte, North Carolina
MVPOlamide Zaccheaus (WR, Virginia)[1]
FavoriteSouth Carolina by 3.5[2]
RefereeJeff Servinski (Big Ten)
Attendance48,263[3]
PayoutUS$4,506,000 [4]
United States TV coverage
NetworkABC & ESPN Radio
AnnouncersAdam Amin, Anthony Becht and Rocky Boiman (ABC)
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb and Kris Budden (ESPN Radio)
Belk Bowl
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The 2018 Belk Bowl was a college football bowl game played on December 29, 2018.[5] It was the 17th edition of the Belk Bowl, and one of the 2018–19 bowl games concluding the 2018 FBS football season. The game was sponsored by the department store chain Belk. With the bowl contested by two nearby public universities, attendance to the game increased by some 15,000 spectators over the previous year and had its highest attendance total since 2011.

Virginia shut out South Carolina, 28–0. This was the largest margin of victory in the history of the Belk Bowl. With the victory, the Virginia Cavaliers became the winningest team all-time in the Belk Bowl, and improved their record in Bank of America Stadium to 3–0 after winning the first two editions of the bowl in 2002 and 2003.

Teams

The game was played between South Carolina from the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and Virginia from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).[6] In prior games between the two programs, South Carolina held a 21–13–1 lead in the series.[7]

South Carolina Gamecocks

Main article: 2018 South Carolina Gamecocks football team

South Carolina received and accepted a bid to the Belk Bowl on December 2.[6] The Gamecocks entered the bowl with a 7–5 record (4–4 in conference).

Virginia Cavaliers

Main article: 2018 Virginia Cavaliers football team

Virginia received and accepted a bid to the Belk Bowl on December 2.[6] The Cavaliers entered the bowl with a 7–5 record (4–4 in conference).

Game summary

Scoring summary

Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP SC UVA
1 3:30 13 77 6:31 UVA Olamide Zaccheaus 6-yard touchdown reception from Bryce Perkins, Brian Delaney kick good 0 7
2 0:42 14 90 8:10 UVA Jordan Ellis 9-yard touchdown run, Brian Delaney kick good 0 14
3 7:14 8 39 4:25 UVA Olamide Zaccheaus 10-yard touchdown reception from Bryce Perkins, Bryan Delaney kick good 0 21
4 6:54 8 64 5:00 UVA Olamide Zacchaeus 12-yard touchdown reception from Bryce Perkins, Bryan Delaney kick good 0 28
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 0 28

Statistics

1 2 3 4 Total
Gamecocks 0 0 0 0 0
Cavaliers 7 7 7 7 28
Statistics SC UVA
First downs 12 28
Plays–yards 59–261 79–413
Rushes–yards 19–43 48–205
Passing yards 218 208
Passing: Comp–Att–Int 17–40–2 22–31–0
Time of possession 17:25 42:35
Team Category Player Statistics
South Carolina Passing Jake Bentley 17/40, 218 yds, 2 INT
Rushing Rico Dowdle 6 car, 21 yds
Receiving Shi Smith 6 rec, 76 yds
Virginia Passing Bryce Perkins 22/31, 208 yds, 3 TD
Rushing Jordan Ellis 26 car, 106 yds, 1 TD
Receiving Olamide Zaccheaus 12 rec, 100 yds, 3 TD

References

  1. ^ @marilyn_payne (December 29, 2018). "Belk Bowl MVP Olamide Zaccheaus giving away just about every accessory he has" (Tweet). Retrieved December 29, 2018 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ Fawkes, Ben (December 3, 2018). "Odds for every 2018-19 CFB bowl game". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 10, 2018.
  3. ^ @DavidHallVP (December 29, 2018). "Announced attendance at Belk Bowl: 48,263" (Tweet). Retrieved December 29, 2018 – via Twitter.
  4. ^ "2018 Bowl Schedule". CFP.com. Retrieved December 3, 2018.
  5. ^ "2018-19 College Football Playoff and bowl schedule". ESPN. May 2, 2018. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
  6. ^ a b c "South Carolina Will Face Virginia in 2018 Belk Bowl". Belk Bowl. 2 December 2018. Archived from the original on 27 March 2019. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Virginia Cavaliers vs. South Carolina Gamecocks football series history". winsipedia.com. Retrieved December 29, 2018.