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Cavaliers Headed to Charlotte to Battle South Carolina in Belk Bowl

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UVa head coach Bronco Mendenhall UVa head coach Bronco Mendenhall
Mendenhall is 6-6 in bowl games as a head coach, and 0-1 at Virginia Mendenhall is 6-6 in bowl games as a head coach, and 0-1 at Virginia
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

The Virginia football team has been selected for the Belk Bowl in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The game against South Carolina (7-5) will kickoff on December 29th at 12:30 PM.

Head coach Bronco Mendenhall says, "I love the match-up, I love the game, and I love the draw, for so many reasons.  The proximity of the game, and the location of the game the stadium is in, I think is exceptional.  I love the quality of the game, and the messaging that sends, that we qualified for a high-tier bowl game, and it reflects progress.  It reflects the new standard that's part of our program.  I love the chance to match-up against an SEC opponent."

UVa has played in the bowl game in Charlotte twice in program history, back when it was known as the Continental Tire Bowl.

The 'Hoos won both games, beating West Virginia 48-22 in 2002, and Pitt 23-16 in 2003.

Virginia missed out on the postseason in Bronco Mendenhall's first year in 2016, but matched-up with Navy in the Military Bowl last season.

With Sunday's selection, the Cavaliers are playing in a bowl game in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2005.

That's also the last time they won a postseason game, as the Wahoos beat Minnesota 34-31 in the Music City Bowl.

Including the Belk Bowl, UVa has played in four bowl games over the last thirteen years.

Virginia has a record of 7-12 all-time in bowl games.

Bronco Mendenhall is 6-6 in bowl games as a head coach.

The Cavaliers have a record of 7-5 overall this season, so no matter what happens in the bowl game, they will finish with a winning-record for the first time since 2011, and just the second time in the last eleven years.

Mendenhall says, "This game is important for us, not only for our players to have success, but for the program to take another step.  Getting here is a positive thing, and a winning season is a very positive thing in Year Three, but wow, there's a lot to play for, which I really like also, for our organization."