South Carolina no-showed the 2018 Belk Bowl and Will Muschamp and Jake Bentley are taking plenty of heat following the Gamecocks’ 28-0 shutout loss to Virginia.
Three years into the Muschamp-Bentley union, the South Carolina tandem may have just suffered the worst loss of the two have endured since teaming up in Columbia. The shutout was the program’s first since 2006. The SC offense finished the day converting two of 13 third-down conversions. The Gamecocks also missed a field goal and turned the ball over on downs on their only trip to the red zone.
South Carolina finished the game with 261 total yards of offense and only 43 total rushing yards. Bentley threw two costly picks in the second half that sealed the deal for his team. Those two turnovers give Bentley 14 interceptions on the season, a figure that only two QBs in the nation can top — Rutgers true freshman Artur Sitkowski and Liberty’s Stephen Calvert (18 each).
The online reactions were unkind to Bentley were unkind, to say the least, during the fourth quarter of the Belk Bowl:
Jake Bentley is one of the most frustrating college QBs in years. First-round tools, zero progress or consistency.
— Matt Hinton (@MattRHinton) December 29, 2018
Jake Bentley has this summer to figure out his game. If next season he hasn't figured it out we got Ryan Hilinski in to take over
— In Ole We Trust (@devanpatelgk) December 29, 2018
And the MVP of the 2018 Belk Bowl for Virginia is…. Jake Bentley congrats big guy.
— Mikey White (@mikewhiteusc) December 29, 2018
— Ryan Smith (@RyanRyan128) December 29, 2018
Jake Bentley throwing the ball pic.twitter.com/pzvHZzZAEz
— Patrick McDougall (@pbmcdougall) December 29, 2018
JAKE BENTLEY PLEASE GO TO THE NFL DRAFT @JakeBentley19
— Jack McFadden (@J_McFadden4) December 29, 2018
Will Muschamp also got his fair share of heat online:
He's had several, but this is up there for sure. https://t.co/5OxfabF3od
— Brad Crawford (@BCrawford247) December 29, 2018
Somebody should dump gatorade on Will Muschamp just to wake him the fuck up.
— Gamecock Life Is Hard (@jeremydeer) December 29, 2018
USCjr just got blanked by Virginia…but Will Muschamp doing an awesome job over there? YIKES
— N3ALY (@nealy25u) December 29, 2018
Florida blowing out Michigan while Will Muschamp gets shut out by Virginia is quite an afternoon
— Matt Brown (@MattBrownCFB) December 29, 2018
Will Muschamp is the happiest guy in America about the way Michigan is playing because hardly anybody will talk about his team completely no-showing in the Belk Bowl.
— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) December 29, 2018
Will Muschamp will (in all likelihood) be 0-8 vs. UGA and Clemson after the 2019 regular season.
I don’t know the first thing about the inner workings of South Carolina Football, but I imagine this time next year will be interesting in Columbia to say the least.
— Logan Booker (@LoganMBooker) December 29, 2018