Thompson's late TD pass decides Outback Bowl
Tue, 01 Jan 2013 22:08:00 GMT —
Dylan Thompson came off the bench to throw a 32-yard touchdown pass with 11 seconds remaining Tuesday, giving No. 11 South Carolina a 33-28 victory over No. 19 Michigan in the Outback Bowl.
Thompson replaced Connor Shaw during the winning drive, covering the final 43 yards after the Gamecocks' starter began the march from his own 30. Devin Gardner's third TD pass of the game had given Michigan a 28-27 lead.
Shaw threw for 227 yards and two touchdowns after missing South Carolina's regular-season finale against Clemson with a left foot sprain. Thompson led the Gamecocks (11-2) to a victory over their archrival and threw for 117 yards and two TDs as a backup Tuesday.
Gardner threw for 214 yards in his fifth start for Michigan (8-5) since Denard Robinson injured his right elbow in late October. Robinson took some snaps at quarterback, but lined up mostly at running back and rushed for 100 yards on 23 carries.
Sports Director Rich Chrampanis with his final thoughts from the Outback Bowl
Between Clemson at the Chick-Fil-A and the Gamecocks effort in the Outback Bowl, the Palmetto state could not have asked for a better end and start to the year. The whole state should be in a good mood. Everyone should be talking about Dylan Thompson coming off the bench in the final minute to throw a gorgeous ball to Bruce Ellington with just 11 seconds on the clock, but all the buzz in the media room was about the Jadeveon Clowney hit and fumble recovery. It was one of the most eye popping highlights I've ever seen in person. Let the Clowney Heisman campaign begin.
Without Marcus Lattimore for a good chunk, the Gamecocks get to 11 wins for a second straight season. There's no question this is a top 10 team that is just two rungs away from the very top of the ladder: winning the SEC and playing for a BCS title.