In its most dominant postseason performance ever, the Virginia football team shut out South Carolina for the first time ever in the Gamecocks’ bowl game history. Virginia’s 28-point margin of victory was the most ever for Virginia in a bowl game as well, and tied for the largest margin in a loss in USC’s 23 bowl contests. Yes, UVA’s 28-0 romp was that good.
Virginia’s defense posted championship level grades across the board and the offense just missed hitting the mark by 2.2 points.
I might get some grief for this but, while Olamide Zaccheaus certainly was deserving of the MVP Award, I’ve got say, Virginia’s secondary was a very, very close second.
Still, Zachheaus will leave UVA not only among the best to ever play wide receiver in Charlottesville, but as a player that was integral to bringing winning football back to Virginia under Bronco Mendenhall. In that sense, his final game at Virginia was a fitting send-off.
Zaccheaus hauled in 12 catches, three for scores, extending his active streak with a reception to 42 games while setting a UVA bowl record for receptions and receiving touchdowns. With his 100 receiving yards, Zaccheaus became only the third Cavalier to accumulate 1,000+ receiving yards in a season. His career ends leaving the Pennsylvania native as the No. 3 all-time in single-season receiving yards with 1,058, No. 6 in ACC history with 250 career receptions and fourth all-time at UVA with 22 receiving touchdowns.
UVA’s offense had some more highlights as well. The run game posted its fifth, 200-yard...
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