South Carolina has regained the lead with just more than eight minutes remaining in the Outback Bowl, 27-22, over Michigan.
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.