MIAMI GARDENS, FL (WWBT) - Virginia pulled to within eight points with 38 seconds left, but could not recover an onside kick to attempt a tying drive and fell to No. 9 Florida, 36-28, in the Orange Bowl on Monday night.
It marked the Cavaliers’ first appearance in the prestigious postseason bowl game.
Bryce Perkins completed 28 of his 40 pass attempts for 323 yards and four touchdowns. But Perkins, who is known for his running ability as well, was kept behind the line of scrimmage with relative success, limiting the dynamic Wahoo quarterback to 24 yards on the ground.
Hasise Dubois, Terrell Jana and Joe Reed all were on the receiving end of Perkins’s TD passes, Dubois on two occasions, including an incredible catch in the back of the endzone in traffic, after Perkins had scrambled to keep the play alive. The senior finished with ten catches for 83 yards, while Jana racked up 126 receiving yards.
The defense, which was missing a handful of key players, including Bryce Hall and Jordan Mack, had some trouble containing the Gators in the first half, but clamped down more in the second half. Florida ended the night with 549 yards of total offense.
Lamical Perine gained 138 yards on 13 carries for Florida and scored two touchdowns, while adding 43 receiving yards and additional score on the receiving end.
Perine scored on a 61 yard rush on the third play from scrimmage, and added his receiving TD to put UF back in front, 14-7. His third touchdown came in the second quarter to put the Gators up 24-14.
Virginia’s 28 points scored against Florida marks the second highest point total scored on the Gators in 2019. Only No. 1 LSU scored more (42).
UVA wraps up its season with a 9-5 record.
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