No. 8 S. Carolina too much for No. 19 Badgers
Wed, 01 Jan 2014 22:45:14 GMT —
ORLANDO, Fla. - Connor Shaw was responsible for five touchdowns, including three passing, and No. 8 South Carolina outlasted No. 19 Wisconsin 34-24 in the Capital One Bowl on Wednesday.
The Gamecocks' senior was named the game's MVP after picking apart the Badgers defense, completing 22 of 25 passes for 312 yards. Shaw also had rushing and receiving scores.
South Carolina (11-2) won its third straight bowl game to cap its third straight 11-win season.
Bruce Ellington caught six passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns.
The Badgers (9-4) couldn't capitalize on 100-yard rushing games from both Melvin Gordon and James White, struggling after quarterback Joel Stave left in the third quarter with a shoulder injury.
Backup Curt Phillips was intercepted twice.
Wisconsin has lost four straight bowl games.
Sports Director Rich Chrampanis was at the Capital One Bowl and gives his take on the Gamecocks 34-24 win:
Ever since the Clemson game, I've been trumpeting the "Connor Shaw is the most underrated player in America" mantra, and he proved it once again. Spurrier said that most quarterbacks would struggle to go 22 for 25 in pregame warmups yet alone in a bowl game. Badgers coach Gary Anderson praised Shaw prior to the game as well as the post game press conference.
The game nearly got away from the Gamecocks in the third quarter. Wisconsin opened the second half with a field goal and then Shaw fumbled the ball away deep in his own territory. The Badgers missed a field goal to go up seven and then saw Shaw and Ellington hook up on two huge pass plays - the first on 4th and 7, followed by a 22 yard TD pass.
Wisconsin racked up nearly 300 yards on the ground, but the Gamecocks defense made just enough big plays, none bigger than Sharrod Golightly's stuff on 4th and 1 at the 26.
Darlington's Victor Hampton, a WPDE All-Zoner, made two big hits in the win and will leave a year early for the NFL Draft. While Hampton and Jadeveon Clowney are locks to leave early, Bruce Ellington's future is up in the air. Spurrier asked the two sport star if he wants to play basketball in Europe intimating that he has a future in the NFL. Ellington could return to the Gamecocks basketball team who hosts SC State on Friday or declare for the NFL Draft. Spurrier told Connor Shaw during the post-game press conference that he earned an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Shaw said thanks to Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, there's a chance for his style of play to translate into the NFL.
On to Miami
We'll spend Thursday and Friday getting ready for the Orange Bowl. A reminder that we have a 30 minute pregame show on Friday night at 7:30 on WPDE to get you ready for Clemson and Ohio State.