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Connor Shaw led No. 10 South Carolina to the brink of victory and Dylan Thompson carried the Gamecocks over the hump in the Outback Bowl.
Thompson came off the bench to throw a 32-yard touchdown pass with 11 seconds remaining Tuesday, enabling South Carolina to match a school record for victories in a season with a 33-28 win over No. 18 Michigan.
Thompson replaced Shaw during the winning drive, covering the final 43 yards after Shaw begin the march from his own 30. Devin Gardner's third TD pass of the game had given Michigan a 28-27 lead.
Shaw threw for 227 yards and two touchdowns after missing South Carolina's regular season finale with a left foot sprain. Thompson led the Gamecocks (11-2) to a victory over their archrival, and threw for 117 yards and two TDs a backup Tuesday.
Gardner threw for 214 yards in his fifth start for Michigan (8-5) since Denard Robinson injured his right elbow late in the season. Robinson took some snaps at quarterback and even attempted his first passes in a game since Oct. 27, but lined up mostly at running back and rushed for 100 yards on 23 carries.
Ace Sanders caught TD passes of 4 yards from Thompson and 31 yards from Shaw, who completed 18 of 26 passes before limping off on the final drive. The speedy receiver had nine catches for 92 yards and also scored on a 63-yard punt return - one of four plays over 50 yards that Michigan yielded.
Gardner was 18 of 36, including TD passes of 5 yards to Drew Dileo and 10 and 17 yards to Jeremy Gallon, who gave Michigan its late lead and finished with career bests of nine receptions and 145 yards. Robinson set the NCAA record for career yards rushing by a quarterback, hiking his four-year total to 4,495.
South Carolina standout defensive end was quiet for much of the day, but shifted momentum in the fourth quarter with a big hit on Michigan's Vincent Smith that sent the running back's helmet rolling several yards backward and caused a fumble that the SEC defensive player of the year recovered to set up Shaw's TD pass to Sanders for a 27-22 lead.
Robinson was injured during the first half of Michigan's two-touchdown loss to Nebraska on Oct. 27. He missed the rest of that game, as well the next two against Minnesota and Northwestern before returning the final two weeks of the regular season to contribute in ways that didn't require him to throw the ball.
The six-foot, 197-pound senior from Deerfield Beach, Fla., lined up at running back and also took take snaps without attempting a pass against Iowa and Ohio State while rushing for 220 yards on 23 carries and catching two passes for 24 yards.
Robinson entered the game during Michigan's second possession and ran for 15 yards on his first play. Gardner threw 26 yards to Gallon, moving the Wolverines into position for Brendan Gibbons to kick a 39-yard field goal.
Down 14-3 after Sanders' punt return, Michigan marched 75 yards in 11 plays to trim South Carolina's lead to four, with Robinson carrying four times for 20 yards along the way. Gardner finished the drive by flipping his 5-yard touchdown to Dileo early in the second quarter.
Michigan began the day ranked second in the nation in pass defense, allowing 155 yards per game. South Carolina matched that in the opening half alone, with most of the yardage coming on Shaw's long TD throw to Byrd and Thompson's 70-yard completion to Jones that led to Sanders' second TD for a 21-10 lead.
The Wolverines turned South Carolina's only turnover into Gibbons' 40-yard, second-quarter field goal and Matt Wile's Outback Bowl-record 52-yard field goal trimmed Michigan's deficit to 21-16 with just under seven minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Three of Michigan's five losses were to Notre Dame, Alabama and Ohio State, the teams ranked first, second and third in the final regular season Associated Press poll.
South Carolina ended on a five-game winning streak that followed consecutive losses to LSU and Florida. The Gamecocks also won 11 games last season.
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After a questionable decision by Michigan to go for it on 4th down from their own 35-yard line, after they blocked a field goal, things got even more ridiculous. Michigan was short of the first down by a few inches, and the referees said that it was a first down. South Carolina Gamecocks Head Coach Steve Spurrier freaked out and challenged the play. The play stood as called...
When South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney met Michigan running back Vincent Smith in the backfield of yesterday’s Outback Bowl, Twitter seemed to freeze. Nothing else was going on in the world. Forget New Years, it was all about Clowney. The reactions were rampant, wild and very NSFW.
Some were simple, yet effective, like this from @_HoesLoveQuissy: CLOWNEY AGAIN! F*CK DEM NIGGAS...
South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney will more than likely be a top five pick once the 2014 season rolls around (of course barring any setbacks) and during Tuesday’s Outback Bowl we could see why. After a horrible placement by the refs that resulted in a Michigan first down, Clowney absolutely lit up Michigan running back Vincent [...]
Jadeveon Clowney had a huge hit at the Outback Bowl on Michigan's Vinson Smith to force a fumble. South Carolina scored on a last second drive to beat Michigan 33-28. Full video below of the hit.
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The Outback Bowl between South Carolina and Michigan took a turn on a massive hit delivered by one of the best defensive players in college football. Check out the below bone-rattling hit delivered by South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney on running back Vincent Smith which also jarred the ball loose and ended up in Clowney’s hands. The play shifted the momentum for South Carolina...
On the first day of the new year, South Carolina star defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney delivered what might stand as football’s best hit of 2013.
With Michigan clinging to a one-point lead over the Gamecocks in Tuesday’s Outback Bowl (and one play after the Wolverines were awarded a controversial first down following a fake punt), Clowney blew through Michigan’s blocking...
South Carolina DE Jadeveon Clowney is a veritable man among boys, and clearly one of the best—if not the best—players in college football on either side of the ball. You need look no further than this devastating, bone crushing, monster of a hit he laid on Michigan RB Vincent Smith in today’s Outback Bowl to know that what I speak is the truth.
And if that freakishly athletic...
Tweet One of the great things about New Year’s Day, if you’re a college football fan, is the numerous bowl games featuring some of the nation’s best players and teams. Among the early action was an SEC-Big Ten matchup between #10 South Carolina and #18 Michigan, where Gamecocks wide receiver/punt returner Ace Sanders showed [...]
South Carolina's Ace Sanders returned a punt some 62 yards today in the Outback Bowl. Needs some kinda nickname.
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South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw will have surgery on his left foot Friday.
Athletic spokesman Steve Fink made the announcement Thursday. The quarterback was injured in a win over Tennessee on Oct. 27 but played in wins over Arkansas and Wofford.
The junior missed the Gamecocks 27-17 victory over Clemson because of the injury. He was back as a starter in Tuesday's 33...
Despite all South Carolina has accomplished under Steve Spurrier, the winningest coach in school history couldn't recall a finish quite like the one the Gamecocks pulled off in the Outback Bowl.
Down a point with 3:29 to go, Connor Shaw launched a game-winning drive that Dylan Thompson finished with a touchdown pass in the closing seconds to beat Michigan 33-28 and give South...