2013 Outback Bowl

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2013 Outback Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
South Carolina 14 7 0 12 33
Michigan 3 10 9 6 28
Date January 1, 2013
Season 2012
Stadium Raymond James Stadium
Location Tampa, Florida
MVP Ace Sanders (WR- S. Carolina)
Favorite South Carolina by 5[1]
Referee Jeff Maconaghy (Big East)
Halftime show Both schools' bands performed a show; in addition 20 high schools bands from across the nation combined as 1 giant band
Attendance 54,527
Payout US$3.4 million per team
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Announcers: Mike Tirico (Play-by-Play)
Jon Gruden (Analyst)
Shannon Spake (Sidelines)
Nielsen ratings 4.3 (7 Million viewers)[2]
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The 2013 Outback Bowl, the 27th edition of the game, was a post-season American college football bowl game, held on January 1, 2013, at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, as part of the 2012–13 NCAA Bowl season.

The game, which was telecast at 1:00 p.m. ET on ESPN, featured the South Carolina Gamecocks from the Southeastern Conference versus the Michigan Wolverines from the Big Ten Conference. South Carolina won 33–28 in a dramatic, come-from-behind fashion. The game was sponsored by the restaurant chain Outback Steakhouse.


The 2013 Outback Bowl will be played at Raymond James Stadium.

The Michigan Wolverines and South Carolina Gamecocks had met twice before, in the 1980s, and entered this contest with the series tied at 1-1.

South Carolina[edit]

South Carolina entered the game with a 10–2 record, having lost to #14 AP Poll LSU and #9 Florida.


Michigan entered the game with an 8–4 record, having lost to #1 AP Poll: Alabama, #4 Notre Dame, #3 Ohio State and #25 Nebraska.

The Hit[edit]

"The Hit" is widely considered to mark the turning point in the game for South Carolina and it earned a "Best Play" ESPY Award for South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney.[3]

"The Hit" refers to a play by Defensive End Jadeveon Clowney which occurred midway during the fourth quarter of play. After a Wolverines fake punt, followed by a controversial call awarding Michigan a first down during a critical time consuming drive, Clowney gained instant fame for his violent tackle of Michigan running back Vincent Smith that came with 8:21 remaining in the fourth quarter. "The Hit" dislodged Smith's helmet and forced a fumble that Clowney himself recovered,.[4] "The Hit" set-up another controversial call, a touchdown pass to wide receiver Ace Sanders on the next play. Although "The Hit" itself did not result in the game winning touchdown, it is considered by many to have motivated a previously lethargic Gamecock offense to rally and ultimately win the game.[5]

Twenty-two seconds in Tampa, and three reviews. The entire series of events, three plays total, that encompassed "The Hit" are most noteworthy for the short amount of time that elapsed off of the game clock from beginning to end. A total of only 22 seconds ticked-off the clock from the time Michigan snapped the ball and executed the fake punt, until the time Ace Sanders caught the touchdown pass. With 8:28 remaining in the 4th quarter of the game, Michigan went for the fake punt. The spot of the ball was placed under review by the booth. Once the spot of the ball was confirmed, followed by the controversial first down call, "The Hit" occurred with exactly 8:21 remaining in the game and the clock was allowed to click-down to 8:15. After review in the booth to determine if Smith had indeed fumbled the ball before being ruled down, the Gamecocks took possession of the ball and on their first play Connor Shaw connected with Ace Sanders for a touchdown with 8:06 remaining in the game. Sanders' touchdown catch was also reviewed to confirm both that his foot was down in the field of regulation, and that he had possession of the ball, as he was tackled out of the back of the endzone. All three plays consecutive in the series having been placed under review in the booth and all three consecutive plays totaling a mere 22 seconds.

Game summary[edit]

Scoring summary[edit]


Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP USC UM
1 13:26 3 67 1:34 USC Damiere Byrd 56 yd pass from Connor Shaw (Adam Yates kick) 7 0
1 7:28 8 51 3:14 UM 39-yard field goal by Brendan Gibbons 7 3
1 3:29 3 -10 1:58 USC Ace Sanders 63 Yd Punt Return. (Adam Yates Kick) 14 3
2 12:41 11 76 5:48 UM Drew Dileo 5 Yd pass from Devin Gardner. (Brendan Gibbons Kick) 14 10
2 10:54 4 75 1:47 USC Ace Sanders 4 Yd pass from Dylan Thompson. (Adam Yates Kick) 21 10
2 2:47 8 8 4:34 UM 40-yard field goal by Brendan Gibbons 21 13
3 6:54 11 45 4:29 UM 52-yard field goal by Matt Wile 21 16
3 0:02 10 65 4:28 UM Jeremy Gallon 10 Yd pass from Devin Gardner. (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 21 22
4 8:06 1 31 0:04 USC Ace Sanders 31 Yd pass from Connor Shaw. (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 27 22
4 3:29 10 64 4:37 UM Jeremy Gallon 17 Yd pass from Devin Gardner. (Two-Point Rush Conversion Failed) 27 28
4 0:11 11 70 3:18 USC Bruce Ellington 32 Yd pass from Dylan Thompson. (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 33 28
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 33 28


Statistics USC UM
First Downs 17 24
Rushes-yards (net) 17–85 45–141
Passing yards (net) 341 214
Passes, Att-Comp-Int 36–25–0 37–18–1
Total yards 426 355
Time of Possession 22:01 37:59