Belk Bowl Matchup
Virginia (7-5, Atlantic Coast Conference) vs. South Carolina (7-5, Southeastern Conference), Dec. 29, noon EST.
LOCATION: Charlotte, North Carolina
Virginia: QB Bryce Perkins, 2,472 yards passing, 22 TDs passing; 842 yards rushing, nine TDs rushing.
South Carolina: WR Deebo Samuel. 882 yards receiving, 11 touchdowns.
Virginia: Averaged 170.3 yards per game on the ground this season.
South Carolina: Will Muschamp has won 22 games in three seasons, the most of any Gamecocks coach in his first three seasons.
South Carolina 31, Virginia 7 (Sept. 6, 2003)
Virginia: Will be making 20th bowl appearance (7-12). The Cavaliers have lost their last three bowl games. However, they’re 2-0 at the Belk Bowl (formally called the Continental Tire Bowl), defeating West Virginia 48-22 in 2002 and Pittsburgh 23-16 in 2003 in Charlotte.
South Carolina: Will be making 23rd bowl appearance (9-13). It is the Gamecocks’ first appearance in the Belk Bowl. However, they have played three times in regular season games in Charlotte and are 3-0, most recently defeating NC State, 35-28 to open the 2017 season.
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