Thompsons late TD pass lifts South Carolina over Michigan in Outback Bowl
Posted: 01/01/2013 at 5:00 pm
By: Associated Press
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South Carolina cornerback Akeem Auguste (3) breaks up a pass intended for Michigan wide receiver Joe Reynolds (85) during the first quarter of the Outback Bowl NCAA college football game, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
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.