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Bentley leads South Carolina past Michigan 26-19 in Outback

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Will Muschamp envisions championships in South Carolina's future.

Lots of them.

''We don't have all the trophies and the tradition and history but we have some grit,'' the coach said after the Gamecocks rallied from a 16-point second-half deficit. to beat Michigan 26-19 in Monday's Outback Bowl.

''We've got some toughness and resolve. You saw us down 19-3 and not a lot of good things happening for us,'' Muschamp added. ''All the arrows are pointing up for us. We're going to have those trophies.''

Jake Bentley threw for 239 yards and two touchdowns Monday to pace the win, which gave the Gamecocks (9-4) at least nine wins in a season for just the seventh time.

Bentley shrugged off a slow start to toss scoring passes of 21 yards to Bryan Edwards and 53 yards to Shi Smith, the latter giving his team a 23-19 lead early in the fourth quarter.

The sophomore said once the Gamecocks began to have some success, the offense's confidence grew.

''It's just we started to execute well. The excitement, I think, is contagious to the whole team,'' Bentley, voted the game's most valuable player, said. ''You see where we went from there.''

Michigan (8-5) finished with its first three-game losing streak under coach Jim Harbaugh. The Wolverines turned the ball over five times after halftime, including an end zone interception that denied them an opportunity to regain the lead with just under eight minutes to go.

The loss also cost the Big Ten a clean sweep of bowl games involving conference members. The league entered 7-0, looking to go unbeaten in postseason play for the first time since 1998 when it went 5-0.

''We kind of let them hang around and they took advantage of it.,'' Harbaugh said. ''They got better as the game went on. We didn't get the knockout punch when we needed it.''

Bentley was 19 of 32 passing with one interception. Rico Dowdle, playing for first time since breaking his leg against Tennessee on Oct. 14, began South Carolina's comeback from a 19-3 deficit with a 17-yard TD run.

Brandon Peters had a tough day for Michigan, completing 20 of 44 passes for 186 yards and two interceptions. His second pick, with 1:05 remaining, sealed South Carolina's second Outback Bowl victory over the Wolverines in five years.

''There's some really good, and there's a few I know he'd like to have back,'' Jarbaugh said. ''But he was battling just like the rest of the guys. There was some error there, a little too much at the wrong time.''

Quinn Nordin accounted for most of Michigan's scoring, kicking field goals of 35, 26, 45 and 48 yards. Fullback Ben Mason scored on a 1-yard run in helping Michigan build its 16-point lead.

Peters, who returned to the lineup after missing the regular-season finale against Ohio State with a concussion, was hoping to make it more difficult for Harbaugh to replace him next season - even if Shea Patterson is one of coach's options.

Patterson plans to transfer to Michigan from Mississippi, a program hit with sanctions, and to petition the NCAA to allow him to be immediately eligible.

ONCE, TWICE, THREE TIMES

South Carolina leads the all-time series between the team 3-1, including a 33-28 victory in the 2013 Outback Bowl. Michigan's lone win came in 1985.

THE TAKEAWAY

Michigan: The Wolverines started 4-0, but their inexperience showed in going 5-4 in Big Ten play with losses to Michigan State, Penn State, Wisconsin and Ohio State. Losing to South Carolina extended the team's season-ending skid to three games.

South Carolina: South Carolina feels good about its progress in two seasons under coach Muschamp, whose 15 victories match the most by any coach in his first two years with the Gamecocks. Joe Morrison (1983-84) and Steve Spurrier (2005-06) also won 15.

''This whole month we've talked about going on out top and leaving the right legacy for this class,'' linebacker Skai Moore, one of 12 seniors on South Carolina's 109-player roster, said. ''It means a lot to this senior group.''

UP NEXT

Michigan: Wolverines could open the 2018 season against Notre Dame with a new quarterback. But there likely will not be nearly as many changes as this season when Michigan returned the fewest starters (six) of any FBS program in the country. In addition to Peters and Patterson, the competition for the QB job will include Dylan McCaffrey, son of former NFL player Ed McCaffrey and brother of Carolina Panthers running back Christian McCaffrey.

South Carolina: Muschamp fired offensive coordinator Kurt Roper last month and must decide on a replacement. Co-offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon called plays Monday, and Muschamp said before the game he was impressed with the job McClendon did during preparation for Michigan.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 3:52
43-P.White 22 yards Field Goal is Good.
7
plays
46
yds
04:01
pos
19
26
Point After TD 11:33
43-P.White extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
19
23
Touchdown 11:33
19-J.Bentley complete to 13-S.Smith. 13-S.Smith runs 53 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
81
yds
02:12
pos
19
22
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:51
43-P.White extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
19
16
Touchdown 0:51
19-J.Bentley complete to 89-B.Edwards. 89-B.Edwards runs 21 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
21
yds
00:06
pos
19
15
Missed Two Point Conversion 2:25
19-J.Bentley incomplete. Intended for 81-H.Hurst.
plays
yds
pos
19
3
Touchdown 2:25
5-R.Dowdle runs 17 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
87
yds
03:12
pos
19
9
Field Goal 5:47
3-Q.Nordin 48 yards Field Goal is Good.
3
plays
2
yds
01:05
pos
19
3
Point After TD 9:56
3-Q.Nordin extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
16
3
Touchdown 9:56
42-B.Mason runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
7
plays
72
yds
03:34
pos
15
3
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:04
3-Q.Nordin 45 yards Field Goal is Good.
7
plays
33
yds
01:14
pos
9
3
Field Goal 8:50
43-P.White 44 yards Field Goal is Good.
4
plays
45
yds
01:31
pos
6
3
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:09
3-Q.Nordin 26 yards Field Goal is Good.
6
plays
37
yds
02:16
pos
6
0
Field Goal 3:47
3-Q.Nordin 35 yards Field Goal is Good.
12
plays
35
yds
06:03
pos
3
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 17 13
Rushing 3 2
Passing 11 10
Penalty 3 1
3rd Down Conv 2-18 2-14
4th Down Conv 1-3 0-0
Total Net Yards 261 278
Total Plays 78 58
Avg Gain 3.3 4.8
Net Yards Rushing 74 61
Rush Attempts 33 26
Avg Rush Yards 2.2 2.3
Net Yards Passing 187 217
Comp. - Att. 21-45 19-32
Yards Per Pass 4.2 6.8
Sacked - Yards Lost 2-16 3-22
Penalties - Yards 6-40 7-68
Touchdowns 1 3
Rushing TDs 1 1
Passing TDs 0 2
Other 0 0
Turnovers 6 3
Fumbles - Lost 4-4 2-2
Int. Thrown 2 1
Punts - Avg 7-34.9 8-38.4
Return Yards 74 50
Punts - Returns 4-13 3-3
Kickoffs - Returns 2-34 4-45
Int. - Returns 1-27 2-2
Kicking 5/5 4/5
Extra Points 1/1 2/2
Field Goals 4/4 2/3
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Michigan 8-5 6310019
South Carolina 9-4 03131026
187 PASS YDS 217
74 RUSH YDS 61
261 TOTAL YDS 278
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
B. Peters 18 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
45.5% 186 0 2 71.9
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
52.8% 672 4 2 113.6
B. Peters 20/44 186 0 2
J. O'Korn 8 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
100% 17 0 0 242.8
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
53.5% 973 2 6 102.1
J. O'Korn 1/1 17 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
K. Higdon 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
17 65 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
164 994 11
K. Higdon 17 65 0 16
C. Evans 12 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 24 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
135 685 6
C. Evans 9 24 0 10
B. Mason 42 FB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 4 2
B. Mason 1 1 1 1
D. Peoples-Jones 9 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 -5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
4 57 0
D. Peoples-Jones 1 -5 0 -5
B. Peters 18 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 -11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
17 -36 0
B. Peters 5 -11 0 6
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
K. Crawford 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 61 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 243 1
K. Crawford 5 61 0 27
D. Peoples-Jones 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 58 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
22 277 0
D. Peoples-Jones 6 58 0 15
Z. Gentry 83 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 27 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
17 303 2
Z. Gentry 2 27 0 15
S. McKeon 84 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 16 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
31 301 3
S. McKeon 2 16 0 10
N. Collins 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 15 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 27 0
N. Collins 2 15 0 13
C. Evans 12 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 11 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
16 157 1
C. Evans 2 11 0 6
K. Higdon 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 11 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 131 0
K. Higdon 1 11 0 11
N. Schoenle 81 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 41 0
N. Schoenle 1 4 0 4
M. Ways 85 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 7 0
M. Ways 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
M. McCray 9 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-2 0 0.0
M. McCray 7-2 0.0 0
D. Bush 10 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 1 0.0
D. Bush 4-2 0.0 0
K. Hudson 7 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-6 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-6 2 1.0
K. Hudson 4-6 1.0 0
C. Winovich 15 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
C. Winovich 3-0 0.0 0
R. Gary 3 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 1.0
R. Gary 3-2 1.0 0
B. Watson 28 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
B. Watson 2-0 0.0 0
T. Kinnel 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 2 0.0
T. Kinnel 2-0 0.0 0
M. Hurst 73 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Hurst 1-0 0.0 0
D. Gil 36 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
D. Gil 1-0 0.0 0
D. Long 22 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 2 0.0
D. Long 1-0 0.0 0
N. Furbush 59 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 1 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 1 1.0
N. Furbush 1-1 1.0 1
J. Woods 26 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Woods 1-0 0.0 0
O. Samuels 23 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
O. Samuels 1-0 0.0 0
J. Metellus 14 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
J. Metellus 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
Q. Nordin 3 K
IN-GAME FG XP
4/4 1/1
SEASON FG XP
19/24 35/38
Q. Nordin 4/4 48 1/1 13
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Robbins 3 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
6 34.8 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
64 40.4 1
B. Robbins 6 34.8 1 45
W. Hart 17 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
1 35.0 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
13 37.7 0
W. Hart 1 35.0 0 35
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Thomas 1 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 17.0 20 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
20 19.8 20 0
A. Thomas 2 17.0 20 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Peoples-Jones 9 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 3.3 14 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
40 8.0 14 1
D. Peoples-Jones 4 3.3 14 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Bentley 19 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
59.4% 239 2 1 136.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.2% 2794 18 12 130.7
J. Bentley 19/32 239 2 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
R. Dowdle 5 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 45 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
66 251 2
R. Dowdle 6 45 1 30
A. Turner 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 14 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
98 531 3
A. Turner 6 14 0 8
T. Williams 27 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
95 471 1
T. Williams 3 11 0 8
M. Denson 34 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
41 152 2
M. Denson 1 4 0 4
J. Bentley 19 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 -1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
73 85 6
J. Bentley 6 -1 0 11
H. Hurst 81 TE
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 -6 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
9 30 1
H. Hurst 2 -6 0 -2
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
B. Edwards 89 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 88 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
64 793 5
B. Edwards 5 88 1 38
S. Smith 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 59 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
29 409 3
S. Smith 3 59 1 53
H. Hurst 81 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 41 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
44 559 2
H. Hurst 3 41 0 23
R. Dowdle 5 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 32 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 128 1
R. Dowdle 3 32 0 19
R. Davis 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
4 23 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 55 0
R. Davis 4 23 0 8
O. Smith 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
30 326 3
O. Smith 0 0 0 0
A. Turner 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
18 117 0
A. Turner 0 0 0 0
C. Terrell 86 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 20 0
C. Terrell 0 0 0 0
T. Williams 27 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
12 32 1
T. Williams 1 -4 0 -4
Defense T-A SACK INT
C. Lammons 3 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-0 0 0.0
C. Lammons 9-0 0.0 0
T. Brunson 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
9-4 0 2.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
9-4 0 2.0
T. Brunson 9-4 2.0 0
D. Fennell 35 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
D. Fennell 6-1 0.0 0
K. Nixon 9 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 2 0.0
K. Nixon 4-0 0.0 0
D. Smith 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
D. Smith 4-0 0.0 0
D. Wonnum 8 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 0.0
D. Wonnum 4-1 0.0 0
S. Moore 10 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-2 3 0.0
S. Moore 3-2 0.0 0
J. King 7 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 2 0.0
J. King 3-0 0.0 1
S. Montac 22 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 3 0.0
S. Montac 1-0 0.0 1
K. Smith 97 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Smith 1-0 0.0 0
A. Sterling 15 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
A. Sterling 1-0 0.0 0
K. Thomas 5 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Thomas 1-0 0.0 0
T. Stallworth 90 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
T. Stallworth 1-0 0.0 0
U. Jones 93 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-2 0 0.0
U. Jones 1-2 0.0 0
C. Kinlaw 32 RB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
C. Kinlaw 1-1 0.0 0
D. Sawyer 95 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
D. Sawyer 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
P. White 43 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/3 2/2
SEASON FG XP
14/25 26/26
P. White 2/3 44 2/2 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Charlton 20 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
8 38.4 3
SEASON NO AVG IN20
55 43.5 3
J. Charlton 8 38.4 3 50
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
S. Smith 13 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 11.0 25 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
5 15.2 25 0
S. Smith 3 11.0 25 0
R. Davis 8 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 12.0 12 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 12.0 12 0
R. Davis 1 12.0 12 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Lammons 3 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 1.0 10 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
19 7.4 10 0
C. Lammons 3 1.0 10 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 MICH 35 1:57 3 0 Punt
12:23 MICH 4 1:14 3 6 Punt
9:50 MICH 12 6:03 12 71 FG
2:25 SC 31 2:16 6 23 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:22 MICH 35 2:54 6 10 Punt
8:45 MICH 35 1:24 3 5 Punt
5:02 MICH 27 2:06 4 -11 Punt
1:18 MICH 40 1:14 7 33 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:30 MICH 28 3:34 7 72 TD
9:03 SC 27 1:04 4 23 Fumble
6:52 SC 32 1:05 3 2 FG
2:19 MICH 14 1:17 3 7 Fumble
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:51 MICH 25 0:06 6 11 Punt
11:33 MICH 20 3:32 9 75 INT
3:47 MICH 25 0:15 4 0 Downs
1:43 MICH 31 0:31 4 16 INT
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:54 SC 37 0:21 3 6 Punt
10:59 MICH 41 1:02 3 -4 Punt
3:38 SC 6 1:08 4 25 Fumble
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
0:01 SC 19 0:00 4 -8 Punt
10:21 SC 29 1:31 4 44 FG
7:10 SC 35 2:02 4 -1 Punt
2:47 SC 39 1:17 3 6 Punt
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 SC 25 1:20 5 5 Punt
9:49 SC 26 0:32 3 47 INT
7:49 SC 4 0:45 3 4 Punt
5:37 SC 23 3:12 8 77 TD
0:57 MICH 21 0:06 1 21 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:45 SC 19 2:12 6 80 TD
7:53 SC 20 4:01 7 75 FG
3:23 MICH 25 1:35 3 -6 FG Miss
1:05 SC 47 0:00 1 -2