2012 Capital One Bowl

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2012 Capital One Bowl
1 2 3 4 Total
Nebraska 13 0 0 0 13
South Carolina 9 7 0 14 30
Date January 2, 2012
Season 2011
Stadium Florida Citrus Bowl
Location Orlando, Florida
MVP Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina wide receiver
Favorite South Carolina by 1[1]
Referee Jerry McGinn (Big East)
Attendance 61,351
Payout US$4.55 million per team[2]
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Announcers Joe Tessitore (Play-by-Play)
Rod Gilmore (Analyst)
Quint Kessenich (Sidelines)
Nielsen ratings 2.86
Capital One Bowl
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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.

The game, which was telecast at 1:00 p.m. ET on ESPN, featured the #9 South Carolina Gamecocks from the Southeastern Conference versus the #20 Nebraska Cornhuskers from the Big Ten Conference.

In the third quarter, South Carolina receiver Alshon Jeffery and Nebraska corner Alfonzo Dennard were involved in a fight, resulting in both players being ejected.[3]

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.