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Thompson, Shaw help South Carolina earn Outback Bowl win

8:13 PM, Jan 1, 2013   |    comments
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Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - South Carolina proved on Tuesday that two quarterbacks are better than one.

Starter Connor Shaw threw for 224 yards and pair of scores, while backup Dylan Thompson also tossed two touchdown passes, including a 32-yarder with 11 seconds remaining to send the 11th-ranked Gamecocks to a 33-28 victory over No. 19 Michigan in the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium.

Shaw completed 18-of-26 passes and also rushed for 96 yards on 11 carries, but the junior quarterback was injured during South Carolina's go-ahead drive late in the fourth quarter. Thompson carried the Gamecocks from there, completing back-to-back passes before spiking the ball at the Michigan 32 to stop the clock with less than 20 seconds left and his team trailing by one.

The sophomore signal-caller then found Bruce Ellington streaking down the seam for a 32-yard touchdown to give the Gamecocks a decisive five-point edge.

Thompson finished 7-of-9 for 117 yards and two scores, while Ace Sanders hauled in nine passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns and also returned a punt 63 yards for a score to help South Carolina (11-2) earn back-to-back bowl victories and notch its second consecutive 11-win season.

Devin Gardner connected on 18-of-35 passes for 214 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for the Wolverines (8-5), who fell to 20-22 all-time in bowl games.

Denard Robinson, playing his final game in the maize and blue, carried the ball 23 times for 100 yards, while Jeremy Gallon finished with nine catches for 145 yards and two scores in the setback.

 

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