"Michigan probably outplayed us overall. Gosh, they had 82 plays to our 52," Spurrier said. "We had a lot of big plays. We had more yards than them in just 30 less plays. ... It was a game that they probably played a little bit better overall, but we were about to score points, score five touchdowns."
Sanders caught TD passes of 4 yards from Thompson and 31 yards from Shaw, who completed 18 of 26 passes before aggravating his foot injury and limping off during the final drive. The speedy receiver had nine catches for 92 yards and also scored on a 63-yard punt return — one of four plays over 50 yards yielded by Michigan.
Gardner was 18 of 36, including TD passes of 5 yards to Drew Dileo and 10 and 17 yards to Jeremy Gallon, who gave Michigan its late lead and finished with career bests of nine receptions and 145 yards. Robinson set the NCAA record for career yards rushing by a quarterback, hiking his four-year total to 4,495 — 15 more than West Virginia's Pat White ran for from 2005-08.
"I'd rather win the game," said Robinson, who attempted two passes in the third quarter, both incompletions, and also ran twice on plays in which he took the snap as the quarterback — a role he embraced after being injured during a loss to Nebraska.
"It was just what I thought it was going to be," Robinson said. "I tried to make the most of it."
South Carolina ended on a five-game winning streak that followed consecutive losses to LSU and Florida. The Gamecocks also won 11 games last season.
"It's the first Outback Bowl I've ever won. Sort of personally greedy, I wanted to win one," Spurrier said. "I've been lucky to win most of these in Florida, but this is the first one of these Outback Bowls."
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