Game Recap: Shaw's Second Half Beats Up UW

Happy New Year from BadgerNation! Although trailing by one at halftime, South Carolina and senior quarterback Connor Shaw overwhelmed Wisconsin in the second half, as the Gamecocks continued the Badgers' postseason bowl woes with a 34-24 victory at the Citrus Bowl Wednesday.

ORLANDO, Fla. A different venue on a different coast didn't change the results for the University of Wisconsin.

Although fighting until the bitter, No.19 Wisconsin couldn't slow down South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw and South Carolina's offense in the second half, as the Gamecocks outscored the Badgers 21-10 in the final 30 minutes to earn a 34-24 victory in the Capital One Bowl at the Citrus Bowl Wednesday.

Called by head coach Steve Spurrier as one of the greatest Gamecocks in school history, Shaw backed up those words by completing 22-for-25 passes for 312 yards and three scores, rushing for 47 yards and a score and even catching a 9-yard touchdown in the second quarter.

Shaw was named MVP in part thanks to a number of tremendous catches by receiver Bruce Ellington, who caught a pair of Shaw's touchdown passes, threw Shaw a touchdown catch and hauled in a critical 22-yard pass on fourth-and-7 that set up one of his scores, putting South Carolina ahead for good. He finished with six catches for 140 yards.

Becoming the first pair of teammates in FBS history to go over 1,400 yards together in a season, James White and Melvin Gordon combined to rush for 250 yards (6.8 yards per carry), but were held out of the end zone for the second straight game.

Quarterback Joel Stave shrugged off an early interception to throw for a pair of touchdowns to give the Badgers a 14-13 lead at halftime, but a vicious hit on a scramble knocked him out of the game at the end of the third quarter. Curt Phillips played his first meaningful reps all season, but two fourth-quarter interceptions, and a Gordon fumble, sealed Wisconsin's fate.

Dating back to the October 2009, Wisconsin has suffered 18 defeats – all by 10 points or less and has lost its last four bowl games.

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SC's Connor Shaw picks apart Wisconsin's secondary

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No.8 South Carolina 34, No.19 Wisconsin 24

First Half

First Quarter

7-0 South Carolina

1 play, 39 yards, :11 TOP, :41 left

Bruce Ellington 39-yard pass from Connor Shaw (Elliott Fry kick)

Key Play: Trying to set up a screen pass despite being under duress, Stave's pass bounced off of Rob Havenstein's foot and into the arms freshman linebacker Skai Moore. One play later, Sojourn Shelton was beaten on an inside slant for a touchdown on a perfectly thrown ball by Shaw.

Second Quarter 7-7

6 plays, 71 yards, 2:49 TOP, 12:45 left

Sam Arneson 1-yard pass from Joel Stave (Jack Russell kick)

Key Play: Stave's roll of the dice pays off, as his cross-body pass, while rolling out to his right, finds a wide-open Jacob Pedersen, who muscles his way down to the South Carolina 1 after a 36-yard gain.

13-7 South Carolina

12 plays, 86 yards, 5:57 TOP, 6:48 left

Connor Shaw 9-yard pass from Bruce Ellington (Elliott Fry kick)

Key Play: Ellington is killing the Badgers secondary, although this one-on-one catch against Dezmen Southward was more Ellington than the senior. Turning to face the pass at the last second, Ellington hauled in the catch inches above the turf as he was falling to the ground. The 32-yard pass on third-and-4 set up the touchdown pass on the next play.

14-13 Wisconsin

16 plays, 75 yards, 6:35 TOP, :13 left

Jeff Duckworth 3-yard pass from Stave (Jack Russell kick)

Key Play: Making a leaping catch at the South Carolina 5, Alex Erickson somehow managed to hold on to the football despite taking a vicious-looking hit. That play set up a fourth-and-inches conversation instead of a field goal attempt.

Second Half

Third Quarter

17-13 Wisconsin

7 plays, 47 yards, 3:41 TOP, 11:19 left

FG Jack Russell 35

Key Play: UW is pounding the football earlier in the second half and getting results, which is evident by James White's 32-yard run down to the South Carolina 13.

17-13 Wisconsin

7 plays, 47 yards, 3:41 TOP, 11:19 left

FG Jack Russell 35

Key Play: Connor Shaw doesn't throw interceptions, but Derek Landisch proved that he can turn the ball over. The junior linebacker stripped Shaw on a QB keeper, giving the ball back to Wisconsin at the SC 31.

20-17 South Carolina

9 plays, 75 yards, 4:55 TOP, 3:29 left

Brady Ellington 22-yard pass from Shaw (Elliott Fry kick)

Key Play: Choosing to gamble on fourth-and-7 from the UW 44, Ellington made another outstanding catch one-on-one against Southward, tipping a high Shaw pass to himself for a 22-yard gain down to the UW 22.

Fourth Quarter

27-17 South Carolina

6 plays, 74 yards, 3:09 TOP, 11:05 left

Jerell Adams 3-yard pass from Shaw (Elliott Fry kick)

Key Play: Connor Shaw threaded the needle between Sojourn Shelton and Michael Caputo, neither of whom made a play on the ball, for a 49-yard completion to Shaq Roland. The play put South Carolina down to the UW 10.

27-24 South Carolina

1 play, 91 yards, :09 TOP, 10:54 left

Kenzel Doe 91-yard kick return (Jack Russell kick)

Key Play: Battling all year with catching punts, Kenzel Doe became the first player in school history to return a kickoff for a touchdown in a bowl game, going 91 yards down the Carolina sideline and finished it with a stiff arm.

34-24 South Carolina

9 plays, 88 yards, 5:06 TOP, 6:27 left

Connor Shaw 1-yard run (Elliott Fry kick)

Key Play: Official reviews don't agree with Wisconsin. After originally being ruled down at the one, Shaw was given a touchdown, which delivered a dagger to the Badgers.

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