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Late game heroics secure win for Gamecocks in Outback Bowl

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Bruce Ellington catches the game-winning touchdown (Source: The Big Spur) Bruce Ellington catches the game-winning touchdown (Source: The Big Spur)
Jadeveon Clowney recovers Vincent Smith's fumble (Source: The Big Spur) Jadeveon Clowney recovers Vincent Smith's fumble (Source: The Big Spur)
Coach Steve Spurrier talks about the Outback Bowl victory over Michigan, 33-28 Coach Steve Spurrier talks about the Outback Bowl victory over Michigan, 33-28
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

As you turned on SportsCenter Tuesday night to check out the Top 10 highlights of the day's slate of bowl games, you likely saw a play or two from South Carolina's thrilling 33-28 win over Michigan in the Outback Bowl.

It might have been Ace Sanders' three touchdowns and clutch catches that helped move the chains for crucial drives.

It might have been the final touchdown of the game where backup quarterback Dylan Thompson bombs it out 32 yards to Bruce Ellington.

But most likely, it was the one game-changing play that has celebrities like LeBron James and Dennis Miller tweeting about shortly after it happened.

With just over 8 minutes left in the 4th quarter and the Wolverines driving at their own 31-yard line, the Gamecocks desperately needed a defensive stop after what appeared to be a blown first down call by the officials.

Michigan would hand it off to running back Vincent Smith, but defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was there to meet him. The resulting hit came with a loud crack that could be heard all over the stadium. Smith's helmet flew off his head, and Clowney some how still managed to come up with the fumbled ball.

In that play, momentum swung back to South Carolina in a game that could have ended with the story being about the numerous missed opportunities from the Gamecocks, like a missed field goal and a blocked field goal by kicker Adam Yates.

It looked like the game might come down to another Yates field goal attempt as the Gamecocks were driving late in the game down by just a point. Instead, Dylan Thompson and Bruce Ellington hooked up with 11 seconds left to seal the win.

Thompson, who came off the bench after starter Connor Shaw was injured, threw for 117 yards and two touchdowns. Before leaving the game, Shaw tallied two touchdowns and threw for 227 yards.

The Gamecocks finish the 2012 season 11-2 (6-2 SEC) -- their second 11-win season all time.

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