Here is the recap of the 2nd quarter of the Outback Bowl matchup between USC and Michigan:
- Michigan opened the second quarter with the ball on the USC 25 yard line and a 1-10. Michigan finished off a drive that started that took them 75 yards for a score, capping it with a five yard TD pass by Devin Gardner to cut the lead to 14-10 USC with 12:41 left in the half.
- Michigan scoring drive summary: 11 plays, 75 yards, 5:48 off the clock.
- USC inserted Dylan Thompson in at quarterback on its next drive. The Gamecocks also put Shon Carson in for his first action of the season. On the third play of the drive Thompson hit Nick Jones for a big gain inside the Michigan 10 yard line. Thompson hit Ace Sanders for a four yard touchdown on the next play. That made the score 21-10 USC with 10:54 left in the second quarter.
- USC scoring drive summary: 4 plays, 75 yards, 1:47 seconds off the clock.
- Michigan started its next drive on the 35 after USC’s kick off went out of bounds. The Wolverines moved the ball just across midfield before they ended up punting from the Gamecock 44.
- After a short return by Sanders, USC started its next possession on their own 13. Connor Shaw returned at quarterback on the drive. The drive ended when Kenny Miles fumbled and it was recovered by Michigan on the Gamecocks 31 yard line.
- Michigan was stopped on the first three plays, but lined up and faked a field goal to pick up a first down at the Gamecock 20. The Wolverines were unable to move the chains again and ended up settling for a 40 yard field goal attempt. The kick was good to cut the USC lead to 21-13 with 2:47 to play in the half.
- Michigan scoring drive summary: 8 plays, 8 yards, 4:34 off the clock
- USC was unable to put together a substantial drive on its next possession and punted on 4th and 20 in their own 33.
- After the punt Michigan took over on its own 32 with 1:00 left before halftime. The Wolverines moved the ball to the Gamecock 43 but weren’t able to get into scoring range.
HALFTIME SCORE: USC 21-13