Here is your first quarter recap of the Outback Bowl matchup between USC and Michigan at Raymond James Stadium.
- Michigan won the toss and deferred to the second half. The Gamecocks took the opening kick and started their first drive on their own 33. It only took the Carolina three plays to find the end zone. After a Kenny Miles run for no gain, Connor Shaw hit Ace Sanders for 11 yards and then found Damiere Byrd for a 56 yard strike. The Gamecocks took a 7-0 lead with 13:26 to play.
- USC scoring drive summary: 3 plays, 67 yards, 1:34 seconds.
- Michigan’s first possession ended with an interception. Jimmy Legree picked off Devin Gardner to get the Gamecocks the ball back on their own 31.
- USC didn’t do anything on its second possession. They punted after three plays, sending the ball back to Michigan via punt to the Wolverines 28.
- Michigan drove into Gamecock territory but ended up settling for a 39 yard FG to cut the USC lead to 7-3 with 7:28 left in the first quarter.
- Michigan scoring drive summary: 7 plays, 59 yards, 3:14
- USC’s next drive ended with another three-and-out. The punted and Michigan took over on its own 19 after a 50 yard punt by Tyler Hall.
- The Gamecock defense stuffed the Wolverines on their next possession, forcing them backwards and into a punt on 4th-20 from their own 9.
- Michigan punted it to Ace Sanders and Sanders scrambled 63 yards for a touchdown to put the Gamecocks up 14-3 with 3:29 left in the quarter. It was the second punt return for a touchdown this season for Sanders, and the third of his career.
- The first quarter ended with Michigan on the USC 25 yard line with a 1st-10.
FIRST QUARTER SCORE: USC 14-3