The 2013 Outback Bowl, the 27th edition of the game, was a post-season American college football bowl game, held on January 1, 2013, at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, as part of the 2012â"13 NCAA Bowl season.
The game, which was telecast at 1:00Â p.m. ET on ESPN, featured the South Carolina Gamecocks from the Southeastern Conference versus the Michigan Wolverines from the Big Ten Conference. South Carolina won 33â"28. The game was sponsored by the restaurant chain Outback Steakhouse.
The Michigan Wolverines and South Carolina Gamecocks had met twice before, in the 1980s, and entered this contest with the series tied at 1-1.
South Carolina entered the game with a 10â"2 record, having lost to #14 AP Poll LSU and #9 Florida.
Michigan entered the game with an 8â"4 record, having lost to #1 AP Poll: Alabama, #4 Notre Dame, #3 Ohio State and #25 Nebraska.
"The Hit" is widely considered to mark the turning point in the game for South Carolina and it earned a "Best Play" ESPY Award for South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney.
"The Hit" refers to a play by Defensive End Jadeveon Clowney which occurred midway during the fourth quarter of play. After a Wolverines fake punt, followed by a controversial call awarding Michigan a first down during a critical time-consuming drive, Clowney gained instant fame for his violent tackle of Michigan running back Vincent Smith that came with 8:21 remaining in the fourth quarter. "The Hit" dislodged Smith's helmet and forced a fumble that Clowney himself recovered. "The Hit" set up a touchdown pass to wide receiver Ace Sanders on the next play. Although "The Hit" itself did not result in the game-winning touchdown, it is considered by many to have motivated a previously lethargic Gamecock offense to rally and ultimately win the game.