(ORLANDO) — South Carolina junior defensive end Jadeveon Clowney wasted little time in making his future known. Moments after the ninth ranked Gamecocks defeated No. 19 Wisconsin 34-24 in the Florida Citrus Bowl, Clowney announced that he will forego his senior season and declare for the NFL draft.
When asked if this was his last season in a South Carolina uniform, Clowney simply responded, “Yes sir”. Clowney ended the year with 40 tackles and three sacks, recording five stops in his final collegiate game. The junior is projected to be a top pick in April’s draft.
The Gamecocks (11-2) took an early 7-0 lead when Connor Shaw connected with Bruce Ellington for a 39-yard strike in the first quarter. Wisconsin (9-4) tied the contest quickly as the two teams traded touchdowns in the first half. A failed two-point attempt by South Carolina gave the Badgers a 14-13 lead at halftime.
After Wisconsin kicked a field goal in the third, Shaw threw his third touchdown pass of the game to take a 20-17 lead heading into the fourth. Shaw, who was named the game MVP, added two more touchdowns in the final quarter while the defense forced three turnovers to seal the win. The quarterback finished the day with 312 passing yards and accounted for all five touchdowns, throwing three while catching and running for another.
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