By Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
ORLANDO, Fla. – South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw had a spectacular day Wednesday in Orlando, accounting for 359 yards of offense and five touchdowns to lead the Gamecocks past Wisconsin in the Capital One Bowl, 34-24.
Shaw tossed a 39-yard touchdown to Bruce Ellington to open the scoring in the first quarter, and threw two more scores in the second half. In the fourth quarter, Shaw sealed the win with a 1-yard scoring run that put USC (11-2) up two scores.
Shaw ended the day with 312 yards through the air to go along with 47 rushing yards. He was ultra-efficient in the passing game, completing 22 of his 25 attempts.
Ellington had himself quite a game as well for South Carolina, hauling in six passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns. In between his scoring receptions, he also threw a 9-yard touchdown to Shaw on a trick play in the second quarter that capped a 12-play, 86-yard drive.
Wisconsin churned out nearly 300 yards on the ground in the loss, led by a 143-yard effort from Melvin Gordon. James White added 107 rushing yards for the Badgers (9-4), but Shaw and the Gamecocks proved to be too much for Wisconsin to handle on the other side of the ball.
Passing – Connor Shaw, 22-for-25, 312 yards, 3 TD
Rushing – Mike Davis, 9 car, 49 yards
Receiving – Bruce Ellington, 6 rec, 140 yards, 2 TD
Passing – Joel Stave, 10-for-15, 84 yards, 2 TD, INT
Rushing – Melvin Gordon, 25 car, 143 yards
Receiving – Jacob Pedersen, 3 rec, 50 yards
• The victory for South Carolina is the 42nd Gamecock win in the last four years, extending the school record for most wins by a senior class. The four-year win total of 42 (9-11-11-11) surpassed the previous mark of 38 set by last year’s senior class.
• It is the third straight New Year’s Day Bowl victory for the Gamecocks.
• South Carolina is now 7-12 all-time in bowl games. Head coach Steve Spurrier is now 4-4 in bowl games as head coach at South Carolina.