TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Steve Spurrier's prefer to utilize two quarterbacks inside Outback Bowl been effective so good that will Connor Shaw the two earned sport balls.
That's an initial for this Head Ball Coach, having your well-known penchant intended for benching struggling QBs. Except during this case, the actual Gamecocks' winningest private coach made use of his or her accomplished couple of passers by design.
Shaw started Tuesday's 33-28 triumph about Michigan that has a 56-yard touchdown go away for you to Damiere Byrd. Thompson made that released by means of putting a 32-yard TD boxing techinque to Bruce Ellington from the finalized minute to help South Carolina go with that school history to get wins from a season.
''I have no idea of whenever I've ever offered a couple of quarterbacks per game ball , nevertheless nowadays I said: 'Hey, we have to give these to help each an individual guys,''' Spurrier said.
''Both those teenage boys are usually merely therefore tremendous team-oriented. There's very little jealousy, nothing. . Those folks are just simply really, fantastic teammates. Wonderful company players,'' the actual coach added. ''We experimented with to see Connor: 'It's your current game.' And ?t had been his game, however Dylan had been likely for you to play. He comprehended that. It worked attractively the way it changed out.''
Thompson supplanted Shaw for the duration of this winning drive, in the finalized 43 meters soon after Shaw began that march from his very own 30 and placed them alive having a 6-yard completion to Ace Sanders using a fourth-and-3 play. Devin Gardner 's third TD go away belonging to the game had presented Michigan some sort of 28-27 lead.
''I wasn't nervous. I realized I possessed excellent males around me, and I dependable them and also merely was confident,'' Thompson said.
Shaw threw to get 227 yards as well as two touchdowns right after missing the Gamecocks' regular-season finale with a eventually left foot sprain. Thompson encouraged that Gamecocks (11-2) with a success at archrival Clemson, and threw for 117 back yards and a couple of TDs throughout the bowl.
Gardner threw for 214 meters within their junior high start for Michigan (8-5) considering Denard Robinson injured his / her right elbow overdue within the season. Robinson procured several button snaps with quarterback and in some cases experimented with his earliest passes within a adventure seeing that Oct. 27, although covered upward primarily at running to come back and raced for a hundred meters on 23 carries.
Sanders ensnared TD subsides associated with some meters from Thompson along with thirty-one yards through Shaw, which carried out 18 associated with 26 subsides before depressing his feet injury and also limping away throughout your remaining drive. The easy receiver acquired seven catches to get 92 yards and also scored over a 63-yard punt come back - certainly one of some plays more than 50 yards gave by Michigan.
Gardner has been eighteen with 36, such as TD goes by of a few back yards to Drew Dileo and 10 plus 17 back yards to be able to Jeremy Gallon, who afforded Michigan its past due lead as well as complete with occupation bests regarding nine receptions in addition to 145 yards. Robinson set your NCAA record regarding occupation back yards rushing by a quarterback, trekking his / her four-year total to be able to 4,495 - 15 over West Virginia's Pat White went for through 2005-08.
''I'd somewhat win the game,'' explained Robinson, exactly who tried a couple of goes by in the third quarter, together incompletions, and as well went twice on plays by which your dog procured that snap seeing that the particular quarterback - some sort of factor he has embraced considering becoming injured through a loss to be able to Nebraska.