Michigan can’t overcome big plays in Outback Bowl loss to South Carolina


The Wolverines were one big play short Tuesday afternoon as Michigan fell to South Carolina 33-28 in the Outback Bowl from Tampa, Florida. More so though the loss for the Wolverines once again comes to an elite team on the road and courtesy of the defense being unable to stop a big play.

After trailing all game and trading big play after big play the Wolverines seemingly had the game wrapped up when Devin Gardner connected with Jeremy Gallon for a 17 yard touchdown giving the Wolverines a 28-27 lead with 3:29 left in the game.

However down to their backup quarterback, Dylan Thompson led the Gamecocks down field eventually finding Bruce Ellington for a 37-yard touchdown with just 11 seconds remaining.

And what makes matter worse is the Michigan pass rush had opportunity after opportunity to wrap up Thompson on the drive but to no avail.

It was also the end of an era for the Wolverines as Denard Robinson played in his last game in a Michigan uniform. Playing the entire game as a tailback the Michigan senior had 23 carries for 100 rushing yards, making him the all-time NCAA quarterback rushing yardage leader.

The loss also dropped the Wolverines to 8-5 on the season.

h/t: Detroit Free Press

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