Wolverines crumble after promising start in Outback Bowl
Written by Matt Pargoff   


Michigan built up a 16-point advantage and seemed to be in full control of the Outback Bowl against South Carolina, but couldn’t overcome a swing in momentum, surrendering the final 23 points of the game to fall 26-19.

The contest seemed to change midway through the third quarter with the Wolverines holding a 16-3 edge and driving deep into Gamecocks’ territory. Following a Karan Higdon fumble at the South Carolina four, the Wolverines held defensively and used good field position to still get a field goal, but the missed opportunity to get a knockout punch proved costly.

After being bottled up all game, the South Carolina offense suddenly found life, driving 77 yards for a touchdown. The Wolverines fumbled again on a bizarre third down run play for tight end Sean McKeon, with the Gamecocks getting their second touchdown in under three minutes one play later.

Michigan was the big beneficiary of turnovers in the first half, scoring six points on South Carolina giveaways, but struggled to hang onto possession in the second half, also muffing a punt, turning it over on downs and throwing two interceptions.

Brandon Peters saw his first action since being knocked out of the Wisconsin game with a concussion, completing 20-of-44 passes for 186 yards. The Wolverines struggled though to move the ball, gaining just 277 yards in total offense.

The loss dropped Michigan’s final record for the season to 8-5.


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