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Last-second TD pass gives South Carolina Outback Bowl win over Michigan

8:03 PM, Jan 1, 2013   |    comments
South Carolina Gamecocks wide receiver Ace Sanders (1) scores a touchdown as Michigan Wolverines defensive back Raymon Taylor (6) attempts to defend during the first half of the 2013 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium.(Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
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TAMPA (DETROIT FREE PRESS) - All year, Michigan couldn't finish against an elite team away from home.

At Notre Dame. At Nebraska. At Ohio State.

One by one, they defined the season.

In Tuesday's Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium, the Wolverines' offense finally made the apparent game-winning play, throwing a touchdown with 3 ½ minutes - but left too much time.

No. 11 South Carolina marched down the field and threw its own game-winner, the one that mattered, with 11 seconds remaining to steal a win from the No. 19 Wolverines, 33-28.

Ripping the game from the Wolverines' hands spoiled a strong day from Michigan's Florida players.

After a day of carrying the Wolverines (8-5), Jeremy Gallon caught that go-ahead touchdown pass from Devin Gardner with 3:29 remaining.

Gallon, from Apopka, Fla., finished with nine catches for 145 yards and two scores.

Supplemented by Michigan tailback Denard Robinson from Deerfield Beach, Fla. - yep, tailback with 23 carries for 100 rushing yards, making him the all-time NCAA quarterback rushing yardage leader - and kicker Brendan Gibbons' (West Palm Beach, Fla.) two field goal attempts.

But South Carolina backup quarterback Dylan Thompson had other ideas, hitting Bruce Ellington for the 32 yard touchdown with 11 seconds to play, ending U-M's season with five losses, with only near-misses and no signature wins.

South Carolina finished at 11-2.

Contact Mark Snyder: msnyder@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @mark__snyder.

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