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2013 Outback Bowl
27th Outback Bowl
1234 Total
South Carolina 147012 33
Michigan 31096 28
DateJanuary 1, 2013
StadiumRaymond James Stadium
LocationTampa, Florida
MVPAce Sanders (WR- S. Carolina)
FavoriteSouth Carolina by 10[1]
RefereeJeff Maconaghy (Big East)
Halftime showBoth schools' bands performed a show; in addition 20 high schools bands from across the nation combined as 1 giant band
PayoutUS$3.4 million per team
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersMike Tirico (Play-by-Play)
Jon Gruden (Analyst)
Shannon Spake (Sidelines)
Nielsen ratings4.3 (7 Million viewers)[2]
Outback Bowl
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The 2013 Outback Bowl was a post-season American college football bowl game, held on January 1, 2013, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, as part of the 2012–13 NCAA Bowl season. It was the 27th edition of the Outback Bowl, named after sponsor Outback Steakhouse, and was telecast at 1:00 p.m. ET on ESPN. It featured the South Carolina Gamecocks from the Southeastern Conference (SEC) versus the Michigan Wolverines from the Big Ten Conference. South Carolina won, 33–28.


The 2013 Outback Bowl was played at Raymond James Stadium.
The 2013 Outback Bowl was played at Raymond James Stadium.

The Michigan Wolverines and South Carolina Gamecocks had met twice before, in the 1980s, and entered this contest with the series tied at 1-1.

South Carolina

See also: 2012 South Carolina Gamecocks football team

South Carolina entered the game with a 10–2 record, having lost to #14 AP Poll LSU and #9 Florida.


See also: 2012 Michigan Wolverines football team

Michigan entered the game with an 8–4 record, having lost to #1 AP Poll: Alabama, #4 Notre Dame, #3 Ohio State and #25 Nebraska.

The Hit

"The Hit" is widely considered to mark the turning point in the game for South Carolina and it earned a "Best Play" ESPY Award for South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney.[3]

"The Hit" refers to a play by defensive end Jadeveon Clowney which occurred midway during the fourth quarter of play. After a Wolverines fake punt, followed by a controversial call awarding Michigan a first down during a critical time-consuming drive, Clowney gained instant fame for his violent tackle of Michigan running back Vincent Smith that came with 8:21 remaining in the fourth quarter. "The Hit" dislodged Smith's helmet and forced a fumble that Clowney himself recovered.[4] "The Hit" set up a touchdown pass to wide receiver Ace Sanders on the next play. Although "The Hit" itself did not result in the game-winning touchdown, it is considered by many to have motivated a previously lethargic Gamecock offense to rally and ultimately win the game.[5]

Game summary

Scoring summary


Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP USC UM
1 13:26 3 67 1:34 USC Damiere Byrd 56 yd pass from Connor Shaw (Adam Yates kick) 7 0
1 7:28 8 51 3:14 UM 39-yard field goal by Brendan Gibbons 7 3
1 3:29 3 -10 1:58 USC Ace Sanders 63 Yd Punt Return. (Adam Yates Kick) 14 3
2 12:41 11 76 5:48 UM Drew Dileo 5 Yd pass from Devin Gardner. (Brendan Gibbons Kick) 14 10
2 10:54 4 75 1:47 USC Ace Sanders 4 Yd pass from Dylan Thompson. (Adam Yates Kick) 21 10
2 2:47 8 8 4:34 UM 40-yard field goal by Brendan Gibbons 21 13
3 6:54 11 45 4:29 UM 52-yard field goal by Matt Wile 21 16
3 0:02 10 65 4:28 UM Jeremy Gallon 10 Yd pass from Devin Gardner. (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 21 22
4 8:06 1 31 0:04 USC Ace Sanders 31 Yd pass from Connor Shaw. (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 27 22
4 3:29 10 64 4:37 UM Jeremy Gallon 17 Yd pass from Devin Gardner. (Two-Point Rush Conversion Failed) 27 28
4 0:11 11 70 3:18 USC Bruce Ellington 32 Yd pass from Dylan Thompson. (Two-Point Pass Conversion Failed) 33 28
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 33 28


Statistics USC UM
First Downs 17 24
Rushes-yards (net) 17–85 45–141
Passing yards (net) 341 214
Passes, Att-Comp-Int 36–25–0 37–18–1
Total yards 426 355
Time of Possession 22:01 37:59