Edwards helps Gamecocks rally to win Outback Bowl

Jake Bentley threw for 239 yards and two touchdowns – including one to Conway High product Bryan Edwards – to lead South Carolina to a 26-19 comeback victory over Michigan in Monday’s Outback Bowl in Tampa, FL.

The Gamecocks (9-4) overcome a 16-point second-half deficit to beat the Wolverines behind the arm of Bentley. The sophomore threw TD passes of 21 yards to Edwards and 53 yards to Shi Smith to give the Gamecocks their first lead of the game at 23-19 in the fourth quarter.

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. Edwards finished with a team-high five catches for 88 yards.

Michigan (8-5) finished with its first three-game losing streak under coach Jim Harbaugh. The Wolverines turned the ball over five times, 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.

Photo courtesy of USC Athletics

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