Snapshot: Looking at the Gators bowl opponent

The No. 9 Florida Gators will take on the No. 24 Virginia Cavaliers in the Orange Bowl. The Gators and Cavaliers have only ever played one time in either school’s history (1959).

The Cavaliers finished the season with a 9-4 record after a 62-17 loss to Clemson in the ACC Championship game. Virginia opened up the season 4-0 with wins over Pittsburgh and Florida State before losing to Notre Dame. They dropped games against Miami and Louisville in October before finishing the regular season with four consecutive wins, including a 39-30 win over in-state rival Virginia Tech.

Record: 9-4
@ Pittsburgh — W 30-14
William & Mary — W 52-17
Florida State — W 31-24
Old Dominion — W 28-17
@ Notre Dame — L 35-20
@ Miami — L 17-9
Duke — W 48-14
@ Louisville — L 28-21
@ North Carolina — W 38-31
Georgia Tech — W 33-28
Liberty — W 55-27
Virginia Tech — W 39-30
Clemson — L 62-17 (ACC Championship Game)

National rankings
Scoring: 42 (32.4 points per game)
Rushing: 111 (126.54 yards per game)
Passing: 37 (263.5 yards per game)
Total: 82 (390 yards per game)

Scoring: 59 (26.5 points allowed per game)
Rushing: 30 (130 yards per game)
Passing: 69 (228.2 yards per game)
Total: 40 (358.2)

Statistical leaders:

Passing: Senior Bryce Perkins: 292-456 (64%). 3,215 yards, 18 TD, 11 INT
Rushing: Senior Bryce Perkins: 213 carries, 745 yards, 11 touchdowns | Sophomore Wayne Taulapapa: 111 carries, 459 yards, 12 TD
Receiving: Senior Hasise Dubois 65 receptions, 979 yards, 4 TDs
Tackles: Junior Zane Zandier: 95 tackles (42 solo) | Joey Blount 90 tackles (55 solo)

Nick de la Torre
A South Florida native, Nick developed a passion for all things sports at a very young age. His love for baseball was solidified when he saw Al Leiter’s no-hitter for the Marlins live in May of 1996. He was able to play baseball in college but quickly realized there isn’t much of a market for short, slow outfielders that hit around the Mendoza line. Wanting to continue with sports in some capacity he studied journalism at the University of Central Florida. Nick got his first start in the business as an intern for a website covering all things related to the NFL draft before spending two seasons covering the Florida football team at Bleacher Report. That job led him to GatorCountry. When he isn’t covering Gator sports, Nick enjoys hitting way too many shots on the golf course, attempting to keep up with his favorite t.v. shows and watching the Heat, Dolphins and Marlins. Follow him on twitter @NickdelatorreGC