South Carolina scored with 11 seconds left on a 32-yard pass play from Dylan Thompson to Bruce Ellington to lift the Gamecocks to a 33-28 victory over Michigan in the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day.
The Gamecocks, who drove 70 yards on 10 plays for the winning score, failed on a two-point conversion.
That score ended a wild final eight minutes to the game.
Michigan’s Jeremy Gallon has caught a 17-yard touchdown pass from Devin Gardner with 3:29 left to take a 28-27 lead. The two-point conversion failed.
Gallon had a career-high 145 yards on nine catches, also a career-best, and scored two touchdowns.
South Carolina regained the lead with just more than eight minutes remaining, 27-22.
The Wolverines, who had faked a field goal in the first half, got tricky again in the fourth quarter. Michigan ran a fake punt and Floyd Simmons was credited with four yards for the first down. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier furious, challenged the spot, but the ruling was upheld.
Michigan’s momentum was short-lived, though.
Tailback Vincent Smith was hit hard by South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney who forced and recovered the fumble at the U-M 31-yard line.
South Carolina scored with 8:06 left when Connor Shaw connected with Ace Sanders for a 31-touchdown pass. It was Sanders’ third touchdown of the game. The Gamecocks failed on the two-point conversion.