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Connor Shaw’s five TDs leads Gamecocks to bowl win over Badgers

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After a brief respite, the Big Ten’s bowl woes have continued.

The latest from the league to stumble this postseason is Wisconsin, which fell to South Carolina 34-24 in the Capital One Bowl Wednesday afternoon.  The Gamecocks actually trailed by one at the half before outscoring the Badgers 21-10 the rest of the way.

Connor Shaw, wrapping up his tenure as arguably the greatest quarterback in the program’s history, passed for 312 yards and accounted for five touchdowns — three passing, one rushing and one receiving.  Bruce Ellington caught two of Shaw’s touchdown passes and threw one of his own, a nine-yarder to Shaw in the middle of the second quarter that pushed USC’s lead to 13-7.

Shaw, obviously, was named the game’s Most Valuable Player.

In a losing effort, Melvin Gordon and James White again ran for 100-plus yards each, with the former collecting a team-high 143 and the latter 107.  It was the sixth time this season Gordon and White have cracked the 100-yard plateau in the same game.

Following the game, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney confirmed what’s been expected since he first suited up for the Gamecocks three years ago, that he will make himself available for the 2014 NFL draft.

Thanks to this loss as well as Iowa’s loss to LSU, the Big Ten finishes the day 1-2 in head-to-head matchups with the SEC.  Overall, the conference is 1-4 this postseason, 1-6 if you include future league members Maryland and Rutgers.

The SEC, on the other hand, is now 5-1 during the 2013-14 bowl season, with the four other wins coming from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Texas A&M and LSU.

The Big Ten has two games remaining during this postseason — Michigan State (vs. Stanford in the Rose Bowl) and Ohio State (vs. Clemson in the Orange Bowl — and are assured another sub-.500 bowl record while the SEC has four — Missouri (vs. Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl), Vanderbilt (vs. Houston in the BBVA Compass Bowl), Alabama (vs. Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl) and Auburn (vs. Florida State in the BCS title game).

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23 Responses to “Connor Shaw’s five TDs leads Gamecocks to bowl win over Badgers”
  1. classyjacklambert says: Jan 1, 2014 4:35 PM

    Anyone else catch when Spurrier said that they have won the Capitol One bowl two years in a row at the end of the game? Either that means that he’s going senile, or even he doesn’t think gamecock football is relevant enough to pay attention to what bowls they play in!

  2. John Taylor says: Jan 1, 2014 4:37 PM

    Anyone else catch when Spurrier said that they have won the Capitol One bowl two years in a row at the end of the game? Either that means that he’s going senile, or even he doesn’t think gamecock football is relevant enough to pay attention to what bowls they play in!

    “Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!”


    “Forget it, he’s rolling.”

  3. classyjacklambert says: Jan 1, 2014 4:40 PM

    Hahaha you kill me John Taylor.

  4. jdgrn01 says: Jan 1, 2014 4:42 PM

    Who cares? Oh wait, idiots that have nothing else to complain about…

    I’m sure you know what he meant, so what’s the point?

  5. keltictim says: Jan 1, 2014 4:53 PM

    If it wasn’t for that foolish loss to tenn just imagine what could have been.

  6. classyjacklambert says: Jan 1, 2014 4:53 PM

    Lol wow. I’m an idiot because Spurrier can’t remember which bowl game he coached in last year? That’s like saying you’re a great lover since your wife has a dude on the side. Just an observation, no need to get overly sensitive.

  7. dkhhuey says: Jan 1, 2014 4:53 PM

    Wisconsin just seemed to lose their minds in the 2nd half! Ran up the middle trying to get a yard on 3rd and 4th downs when SC had their entire team planted in the box… idiocy!!!

    Congrats to the Gamecocks!!! Clowney is just a freaking beast!!!

  8. classyjacklambert says: Jan 1, 2014 4:56 PM

    “Ifs” don’t get you a long way keltictim. South Carolina had a great team this year, maybe their best ever. They beat some really good teams and lost some games they should’ve won. If they keep improving they will win those games too one year. Well done on the season. Hopefully we can get our stuff together and reclaim the palmetto state trophy next year. Until then enjoy your bowl win, your guys earned it.

  9. omniscient48 says: Jan 1, 2014 5:08 PM

    We know about the records of the SEC (good) and the Big 10 (bad) in bowl games. But nobody has posted the record of the ACC teams so far (after all, they are appearing in a ridiculous 11 bowl games).

  10. clemsonstillsucks says: Jan 1, 2014 5:27 PM

    I missed that Jack. I may have still been ROTFLMMFAO at his State Champ comment.

    Serious best of luck against Ohio State!

  11. classyjacklambert says: Jan 1, 2014 5:30 PM

    Thanks man! And congratulations again!

  12. irishdodger says: Jan 1, 2014 5:53 PM

    Lots of offense by both teams

  13. cometkazie says: Jan 1, 2014 6:03 PM

    Good, healthy competition.

  14. clemsonstillsucks says: Jan 1, 2014 6:11 PM

    Yes it was. I am absolutely jazzed about the end of the BCS era (as I’m sure y’all are as well). Hopefully NOW we’ll be able to see the top teams in the country battle it out, regardless of the conference they come from. And quite possibly see a bit of polarity develop as well.

  15. trmmadden34 says: Jan 1, 2014 7:14 PM

    I’m a Mizzou fan, but I love Connor Shaw. How is he not gettinf mentioned more in the NFL. I believe he has the talent. I hope some team gives him a shot.

  16. ebrownwareagle says: Jan 1, 2014 7:15 PM


    ACC record SUX! 3-6!! SEC 5-1


  17. keltictim says: Jan 1, 2014 8:14 PM

    Connors not getting mentioned due to his size. Yes Russell Wilson helps but he’s a anomaly not the norm. Last great small qb? The almighty Doug flutie

  18. classyjacklambert says: Jan 1, 2014 8:36 PM

    Drew Brees is a pretty good small qb.

  19. longborer69 says: Jan 2, 2014 7:16 AM

    Conference records in bowls so far:

    Winning record:
    SEC 5-1
    PAC 6-3

    IND 2-1
    SUN 1-0

    Even .500 record:
    BIG12 2-2
    AAC 2-2
    MWC 3-3
    CUSA 3-3

    B1G 2-4
    ACC 3-6
    MAC 0-4

    Am I the only one a little bored with the SEC second-tier teams abusing the B1G and the PAC second tier abusing the ACC and MWC? Both conferences go at least 4-5 deep with strong teams every year. How about seeing the #3 or #4 PAC team against the #3-4 SEC team in one of these bowl matchups? Everyone knows those have been by far the two strongest conferences in depth (despite what some ACC homers were saying earlier). It would be nice to see them have at least one matchup that isn’t dependent on the vagaries of polls and Billingsley. LSU and UCLA might have been a nice game.

    The conferences only met twice in the regular season. Auburn was lucky to escape at home against WSU (#9 team in the PAC), Halliday threw an INT on first and goal at the eight when a TD would have tied it with less than five minutes left. Oregon destroyed Tennessee.

    The two best conferences. Never meet each other. What a waste. It wouldn’t be so bad if the top SEC schools would schedule a home and home against top PAC schools every once in a while. The PAC schools are doing it with every other conference.

  20. packerbadger says: Jan 2, 2014 8:14 AM

    Not bad for the first year coach at Wis! A little help from the PAC 10 refs (See Arizona State Game) and S. Carolina pulled one out!

    Hey longboard69….. $ECheat schools are pretty much one hit wonders. Wisconsin and most of the other Big 10 schools have great basketball, hockey, and other sports programs. Most $ECheat players wouldn’t ever get in to a Big 10 school because they actually require you to read upon entering college. $ECheat players wouldn’t be able to figure out the plays because the Big 10 schools don’t do cartoon drawings for the plays.

  21. gatorcheme says: Jan 2, 2014 12:57 PM

    While Wisconsin has a very highly regarded athletics program, you’re letting myopic thinking interfere with your supposed ‘facts’.

    Looking at all sports (men and women), basketball, gymnastics, baseball, hockey, tennis, golf, and so on, the PAC-12 and SEC are consistently at the top. The B1G typically falls just behind the ACC.

    Enjoy your day…

  22. packerbadger says: Jan 2, 2014 2:28 PM

    Biggest cheaters in college sports are $ECheat and PAC 10. Easy to have good athletic programs in $ECheat conference when you don’t actually have to go to school.

  23. waynefontes says: Jan 4, 2014 6:28 AM

    Packerbadger, your tears taste so good.

    Another Wisconsin loss to an SEC school. What a shock. Your team just isn’t good, there’s no shame in admitting that.

    Excuses are the laments of a loser, so it makes sense that you would make them.

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