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Outback Bowl will be showcase for quarterbacks

Outback Bowl will be showcase for quarterbacks

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) South Carolina's Connor Shaw and Michigan's Devin Gardner will start at quarterback in the Outback Bowl, however that doesn't mean Dylan Thompson and Denard Robinson won't play meaningful roles in the New Year's Day matchup.

Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier reiterated Monday that Shaw will be under center after sitting out his team's regular-season finale against Clemson, a game in which Thompson made his second career start and showed he's more than capable of running the offense and winning games.

Wolverines coach Brady Hoke, meanwhile, is sticking with the plan Michigan has followed since Robinson injured his right elbow in late October, with Gardner playing quarterback instead of receiver and Robinson primarily contributing in ways that doesn't require him to throw the ball.

``Connor Shaw has been our starter. I always sort of believe you should tell one guy it's his game unless he gets hurt or it really goes terribly wrong and you have to make a change,'' Spurrier said, clarifying South Carolina's situation two days after saying he wasn't sure how he might utilize his talented passers.

``Connor's been our starter pretty much all year. We all feel he's 100 percent healthy, so right now we're going in into it that: `It's your game, let's go. Don't worry about making a mistake and getting jerked out or anything like that,''' Spurrier added. ``Dylan is going to play, though.''

Thompson threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns against Clemson to help No. 11 South Carolina (10-2) win for the fourth straight time following consecutive losses to LSU and Florida that derailed the Gamecocks' hopes of getting to the Southeastern Conference championship game.

A win Tuesday over No. 19 Michigan (8-4) would allow the Gamecocks to match the school record of 11 victories set last season, as well as cap the most successful three-year run in South Carolina history.

``We're very proud. We could have easily took those two losses back to back and just gave up on this season,'' Gamecocks linebacker Damario Jeffery said.

``We had some lofty goals coming off last season. We wanted to make a national championship (run). When you lose two games back to back, that kind of takes all those goals away,'' Jeffery added. ``A lot of people's heads were down. All the seniors, we got together and said: `The season is not over. We don't want to go down as that team to have a good year and then come back and have a losing season.''

While Spurrier said he hopes to stick with Shaw, who's started 10 games and thrown for 1,732 yards and 15 TDs, for most of the game, Hoke was non-committal about how much - and more specifically where - Robinson will play for Michigan.

The Wolverines won three straight after losing Robinson during the first half of a 14-point loss to Nebraska on Oct. 27, the last time the dual threat quarterback threw a pass in a game. He sat out the following two weeks, before contributing as a runner and receiver the final two games of the regular season.

``Really how we finished the year ... the last three of four ball games is how we'll play it out,'' Hoke said, adding that Gardner will start and Robinson, who has thrown some since the Wolverines arrived in Florida to continue preparation for Michigan's 42nd bowl appearance, will play ``some quarterback.''

``Everything is possible with him,'' Hoke said Monday.

``We're going to try him in a variety of different roles. We'll see what he's capable of, but he's had a month to heal,'' offensive coordinator Al Borges added. ``He'll be involved, that's for sure. He's throwing the ball better all the time.''

Both teams have prepared for the prospect of facing two quarterbacks.

Hoke said Shaw and Thompson both have demonstrated they can be effective for South Carolina, noting that the Gamecocks have continued to be successful despite losing star running back Marcus Lattimore to injury.

``You look at the body of work with the offense; they lost a tremendous running back and were able to put a couple of guys in there that run the ball hard and do a nice job within the offense,'' Hoke said. ``I think quarterback-wise, Connor Shaw and Dylan Thompson are both very good quarterbacks. In their big rivalry game they don't have Shaw and Thompson goes in and wins ... on the road.''

South Carolina feels the same way about Gardner and Robinson, who's thrown for 1,319 yards and nine touchdowns, while rushing for 1,166 yards and seven TDs this season.

The Michigan senior needs one passing TD to become the first player in Big Ten history to throw for 50 TDs and also rush for 40.

``He's a great athlete. A great playmaker. We're going to try and contain him and limit what he does,'' Gamecocks linebacker Shaq Wilson said. ``It's a headache for the defense. I'm excited. I like a great challenge, and all my teammates like a great challenge.''

Simms' 11 points lifts VCU over Missouri St.

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Simms' 11 points lifts VCU over Missouri St.

RICHMOND, Va. -- Mike'L Simms had 11 points as VCU extended its home win streak to eight games, beating Missouri State 61-51 on Sunday night.

De'Riante Jenkins had 10 points for VCU (8-2).

After VCU outscored Missouri State 35-25 in the first half, both teams scored 26 in the second as the home team clinched the victory. The Rams' 26 second-half points marked a season low for the team.

Isiaih Mosley had 15 points for the Bears (6-6). Keandre Cook added 12 points. Gaige Prim had 10 points.

VCU takes on College of Charleston on the road on Wednesday. Missouri State matches up against Oral Roberts on the road on Saturday.

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Hoyas win NCAA Men’s College Cup in penalty kick shoot out

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Hoyas win NCAA Men’s College Cup in penalty kick shoot out

It was a showdown like no other in Cary, North Carolina on Sunday night.

Right down to the wire. 

After two scoreless 10 minute overtimes, it all came down to a seven round penalty kick shootout where a save by Georgetown goalkeeper Tomas Romero won it all for the Hoyas, 7-6.

Romero stopped Virginia's Axel Gunnarsson to give the Hoyas their first NCAA men’s soccer championship. 

After scoring 17 goals, Georgetown University won the 2019 Men’s College Cup National Champions over UVA.

It was a very back and forth battle between the two teams. 

Virginia jumped out on top. In the 10th minute, Junior midfielder Joe Bell scored the first goal and his 7th goal this season putting Virginia ahead 1-0. 

Junior midfielder Paul Rothrock responded with an unassisted goal in the 16th minute, putting Georgetown on the board and tying the game 1-1.

In the 22nd minute, Georgetown Freshman Daniel Wu had a set piece, scoring his first goal of the season and extending the Hoyas lead 2-1. 

Later in the 58th Daniel Steedman gave the Cavaliers a spark tying it up 2-2. 

It looked as if the Hoyas had it in the bag when Derek Dodson broke the tie in the 81st minute putting Georgetown on top 3-2 but that didn't last very long. 

Inside five minutes to go in regulation time, Daryl Dike attempted a header which was deflected but followed through with his own rebound regaining the tie 3-3 for UVA.

That is where things got interesting.

After a hard fought game, two ovetimes and a penalty kick shoot out the Hoyas would go on to take the title over the Cavaliers winning 7-6.