2012 Capital One Bowl
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|2012 Capital One Bowl|
|Date||January 2, 2012|
|Stadium||Florida Citrus Bowl|
|MVP||Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina wide receiver|
|Favorite||South Carolina by 1|
|Referee||Jerry McGinn (Big East)|
|Payout||US$4.55 million per team|
|United States TV coverage|
|Announcers||Joe Tessitore (Play-by-Play)
Rod Gilmore (Analyst)
Quint Kessenich (Sidelines)
The 2012 Capital One Bowl, the 66th edition of the game, was a post-season American college football bowl game, held on January 2, 2012 at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida as part of the 2011–12 NCAA Bowl season.
Down 13–9 at the end of the first half, South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw took the snap from the Gamecocks' own 49-yard line with 0:06 seconds remaining. With 0:02 remaining, Shaw heaved a Hail Mary pass, which was caught at the 4-yard line by Jeffery, who dove into the endzone for a touchdown as time expired. South Carolina went on to win 30–13, and Jeffery was named MVP of the game.
This game is notable for being the first-ever 11th win in a season for the South Carolina football program, which ultimately led to their first top-10 final ranking in the major college football polls.
- Bowl Schedule, Los Angeles Times, December 7, 2011