January 1, 2014
South Carolina secured a third straight 11-win season with a 34-24 win over Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl on New Year's Day in Orlando.
It was the fourth straight bowl loss for the Badgers and the 3rd straight bowl win for the Gamecocks. South Carolina was 0-8 through its first 8 postseason games, but is 7-4 since 1994.
Wisconsin led 14-13 at halftime and made it 17-13 on a 35-yard field goal after its first possession of the 3rd quarter. But South Carolina took the lead for good on a 22-yard pass from Connor Shaw to Bruce Ellington late in the 3rd quarter.
Steve Spurrier's Gamecocks made it 27-17 early in the 4th, only to see the ensuing kickoff returned 91 yards by Kenzel Doe to pull Wisconsin back to within 3. South Carolina replied with a 1-yard TD by Shaw to cap a 9-play drive to post the final score.
Any hopes the Badgers had of a rally were extinguished by turnovers on each of its last three possessions, including an interception in the end zone with over 3 minutes to play.
In all, 7 of Wisconsin's 11 drives ended on either interceptions (3), downs (2), fumble (1) or missed field goal (1).
The Congrove Computer Rankings at CollegeFootballPoll.com projected a 0.41-point win for South Carolina.