Gamecocks defeat Michigan 33-28 in Outback Bowl
Dylan Thompson’s 32-yard touchdown pass to Bruce Ellington with 11 seconds remaining lifted South Carolina to a 33-28 victory over Michigan to win the 2013 Outback Bowl. South Carolina finishes the season with an 11-2 record and matches last year’s win total and school record. Head coach Steve Spurrier won his third bowl at South Carolina as well to set a school record by a Gamecock coach. Trailing 28-27 with 3:29 remaining in the fourth quarter, South Carolina made one final drive down the field. Junior quarterback Connor Shawconverted a 4th & 3 on the South Carolina 37 with a 6-yard slant pass to Ace Sanders and followed that up with completions of 6, 8 and 6, all to Sanders to earn two more first downs. Shaw would have to leave the game after the fourth completion to Sanders as he was nicked up on the play, resulting in Thompson entering the contest. Thompson moved the Gamecocks down to the Michigan 32-yardline with 20 seconds remaining. After spiking the ball to stop the clock, Thompson took the next snap and unleashed a perfect strike to Ellington near the goalline. The Gamecock wide receiver caught the pass on the Michigan 2 and made his way into the end zone to give the Gamecocks a 5-point lead. After a failed 2-point conversion, the Gamecocks defense held off Michigan’s final play from scrimmage to lift South Carolina to the victory.