New Year’s Day is always a great day for college football fans, as the meat and potatoes of bowl season begins to take place. One of the top match ups on Wednesday afternoon was in the Capital One Bowl, where the No. 19 Wisconsin Badgers met the No. 9 South Carolina Gamecocks.
From start to finish, this was an exciting game.
Both teams were even in the first half as the Badgers worked their way to a 14-13 halftime lead. Wisconsin started off the third quarter by extending their lead, before Connor Shaw led the Gamecocks from behind and secured a ten-point lead in the fourth quarter.
After a late fumble, Wisconsin had the opportunity to close the gap in the final minutes, but quarterback Curt Phillips was picked off in the endzone by South Carolina defender Skai Moore to put an end to Wisconsin’s comeback attempt.
Wisconsin did have one more opportunity to make a miracle comeback, however, but a failed lateral attempt gave the ball back to South Carolina and allowed the Gamecocks to run the victory formation.
Gamecocks junior wide receiver Bruce Ellington helped lead the South Carolina offense, with six catches for 160 yards and two touchdowns. To spice things up, the Gamecocks also used a trick play that resulted in Ellington adding another touchdown through the air where he found Shaw for the score.
Shaw finished the game with 312 passing yards and five total touchdowns.
For Wisconsin, star running back Melvin Gordon led the way with 143 rushing yards.