Outback Bowl: Michigan's Quinn Nordin makes obscene gesture against SC

  • Outback Bowl: Michigan's Quinn Nordin makes obscene gesture against SC

Outback Bowl: Michigan's Quinn Nordin makes obscene gesture against SC

The Gamecocks beat the Wolverines 26-19 in the Outback Bowl, taking advantage of an event record five MI turnovers to stage an exciting second half comeback.

"Huge win for our football program", SC head coach Will Muschamp said. The Gamecocks are now 4-1 all-time in the Outback Bowl. That made the Big Ten's record this bowl season 7-1 and dropped Jim Harbaugh to 1-2 in bowl games at MI.

The Wolverines fumbled when they attempted to hand off to sophomore tight end Sean McKeon, and SC recovered and threw a 21-yard touchdown pass on its next play.

Peters finished 20 of 44 for 186 yards and two interceptions, as the MI offense never got going. USC scored three unanswered TDs and a field goal in the second half for a 26-19 win. Then Steven Montac intercepted Peters with 1:05 left to seal the win. Fullback Ben Mason scored on a 1-yard run in helping MI build its 16-point lead.

But losing a 16-point lead to SC and becoming the only team in your conference to lose a bowl game is still not good.

MI led 9-3 at halftime and extended that lead to 19-3 in the third quarter, but the Wolverines' final eight possessions totaled only 131 yards and resulted in six turnovers. The Wolverines came into the game averaging 186.3 rushing yards per game, the strength of their offense.

"South Carolina got better as the game went on, no doubt, and made plays to win the football game", Harbaugh said.

The Gamecocks grabbed their first lead at the 11:33 mark of the fourth quarter on a 53-yard touchdown pass, and held a 23-19 advantage.

MI led just 19-16 at the end of the third quarter.

Rico Dowdle ran 17 yards for a score and Bentley threw a 21-yard pass to Bryan Edwards in a span of of 94 seconds late in the third quarter to pull SC within three.

With the score 9-3 at halftime, MI scored the game's first touchdown a short run early in the third quarter. In addition to Peters and Patterson, the competition for the QB job will include Dylan McCaffrey, son of former National Football League player Ed McCaffrey and brother of Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey. Senior linebacker Skai Moore had five tackles, enough to maintain his season lead on Brunson and become the 15th player in FBS history to leads his team in tackles for four seasons.

The field goal was good. Michigan's next two possessions resulted in turnovers: an interception by Peters in the end zone and a muffed punt by Donovan Peoples-Jones, the latter of which set up a field goal by the Gamecocks.

Big Ten teams covered the spread in six of their first seven bowls, suggesting they exceeded expectations regardless of opponent strength. Nixon, who joined the Gamecocks this season as a junior college transfer, was in on the second possession of the game and played regularly.

Banged up, up front: Both teams started the game without two starting offensive linemen. He narrowly missed diving interception in the second quarter. MI was without starting right tackle Juwann Bushell-Beatty and starting left guard Ben Bredeson did not dress out due to injury.