by CFP Staff
January 1, 2013
Dylan Thompson's 32-yard touchdown pass to Bruce Ellington with 11 seconds left gave South Carolina a 33-28 win over Michigan in the Outback Bowl on New Year's Day.
With the win, the Gamecocks have their first back-to-back 11-win seasons in school history.
The last 15:02 of this game saw 4 touchdowns, four missed 2-point conversions and 4 lead changes.
Michigan took its last lead with 3:29 to play on Devin Gardner's 17-yard pass to Jeremy Gallon before South Carolina followed with its game-winning antics. Connor Shaw started the drive, but Thompson led the final 43 yards after Shaw limped off.
The game included an official's award of a first down to Michigan while the whole world saw the ball short of the stick on the measurement. But Jadeveon Clowney set the world right when he lit up Vincent Smith in the backfield on the next play and forced a fumble that led to the Gamecocks taking a 27-22 lead.
South Carolina improved to 6-12 all-time in bowl games, but is 3-4 under Steve Spurrier.
Meanwhile Michigan, the all-time FBS leader in football victories, fell to just 20-22 in bowls games. The Wolverines have won just 2 of their last 8 bowl outings.
The Congrove Computer Rankings at CollegeFootballPoll.com forecasted a 0.22-point victory for South Carolina.