Virginia Meshed Up South Carolina With Olamide Zaccheaus

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Virginia finished 8-5
Olamide Zaccheaus and the Hoos finished with a win in the Belk Bowl. ~ Photo courtesy Matt Riley/Virginia Athletics Media Relations

The blessing has gone. At least it left on a high note.

Olamide Zaccheaus, whose name means ‘the blessing has come’ from its Nigerian roots, wrapped up his Virginia football career in style last Saturday with a sterling performance in UVA’s 28-0 win in the Belk Bowl. Zaccheaus helped dispatch South Carolina with a monster outing of 12 catches for 100 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Zaccheaus set new Virginia bowl records for receptions (Larry Holmes had 8 in the 1994 Carquest Bowl) and receiving touchdowns. His big day also pushed him past his own single-season receptions record, besting 2017’s 85 catches with 93 in 2018. The senior also joined an exclusive group, one targeted in this article way back in the summer, at UVA by surpassing 1,000 receiving yards in a season. Zaccheaus finished with 1,058 receiving yards to rank just behind Herman Moore (1,190) and Billy McMullen (1,060) on the single-season yardage list. They’re the only three in the 1K club.

Beyond that, Zaccheaus wrapped up his career with a reception in 42 straight games and he landed at No. 6 in ACC history