Connor Shaw and his receivers had themselves a day, shredding a very good Wisconsin secondary and coming away with the 34-24 win in the 2014 Capital One Bowl.
Wisconsin was feisty all game long, and its vaunted ground game did its part. James White and Melvin Gordon III both topped 100 yards on the day, and the Badgers held a 17-13 lead late in the third quarter. South Carolina pulled away after several magical plays, though; for example, here's Shaq Roland doing Shaq Roland things in double coverage:
There you go. Jadaveon Clowney says in his on-field ESPN interview he’s declaring for @NFL draft. Is this your last season? "Yes sir"— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 1, 2014
Box Score Hero: Connor Shaw finishes his South Carolina career with a stellar effort, going 22 for 25 for 312 yards and three scores while rushing for 47 yards and another TD.
Rankings Ramifications: South Carolina will finish in the top 10 for the third straight season, and depending on how things shake out in front of the Gamecocks, SC should finish around No. 8. Wisconsin, meanwhile, will only stay in the top 25 thanks to some losses below the Badgers in the rankings. No. 23 sounds about right, and really there's no need to punish a team more for losing to a top-10 foe on a neutral field.
But Did They Cover? South Carolina came in as a 1.5-point underdog, which is half a field goal. The Gamecocks won by 10 points, which is many field goals!
For More On This Game: For more on Badgers football, visit Wisconsin community Bucky's 5th Quarter, plus Big Ten community Off Tackle Empire. For more on Cocks football, visit South Carolina community Garnet And Black Attack, plus SEC community Team Speed Kills.