(TAMPA, FL) — Dylan Thompson’s touchdown pass with 11 seconds remaining gave No. 10 South Carolina (11-2) a 33-28 victory over No. 18 Michigan in the Outback Bowl.
Thompson replaced starter Connor Shaw on the final drive of the game, and tossed a 32-yard score to receiver Bruce Ellington. Shaw threw for 224 yards and two touchdowns before being replaced.
Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner threw three touchdown passes while Denard Robinson rushed for 100 yards on 23 carries. Robinson became the all-time leading rusher among FBS quarterbacks with 4,495 career yards.
The turning point in the game was when South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney forcing and recovering a fumble with 8:15 left that resulted in the Camecocks driving down the field to take a 27-22 lead over Michigan.
The Wolverines (8-5) then took a 28-27 lead on Gardner’s third touchdown pass of the game, before the Gamecocks drove down and took the lead for good with virtually no time left for Michigan to get the ball back.
Gamecocks receiver Ace Sanders caught nine passes for 92 yards and two scores and also returned a punt 63 yards for a touchdown.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire