The University of Michigan gave up the winning touchdown with 11 seconds left as the Wolverines lost 33-to-28 to South Carolina yesterday afternoon in the Outback Bowl in Tampa. The Gamecock’s score came on a 32-yard pass after Michigan had taken a 28-to-27 lead with 3:29 remaining on a 17-yard connection from Devin Gardner to Jeremy Gallon, who had 9 receptions for 145 yards and 2 touchdowns. Denard Robinson finished with 23 carries for 100 yards and wrapped up his Michigan career with the most rushing yards by a quarterback in FBS history. South Carolina’s Ace Sanders had 3 touchdowns, including a 63 yard punt return.
After the game, Michigan Coach Brady Hoke said you can’t win when you allow the opposition to have explosive plays.
Michigan finishes at 8-and-5 while South Carolina had its second straight 11-and-2 season. The Big Ten went 1-and-4 on Tuesday.
The lone win was posted by Northwestern as the Wildcats beat Mississippi State 34-to-20 in the Gator Bowl.
It was their first bowl victory since 1949. Stanford held off Wisconsin 20-to-14 in the Rose Bowl, Oklahoma State pounded Purdue 58-to-14 in the Heart of Dallas Bowl, and Georgia defeated Nebraska 45-to-31 in the Capital One Bowl. Last night in the Orange Bowl, Mid-American Conference Champion Northern Illinois fell to Florida State 31-to-10. That leaves six more games to be played including tonight’s Sugar Bowl featuring Florida against Louisville. The season ends Monday night with the BCS Championship game between Notre Dame and Alabama.