Just hours into 2013, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney delivered a hit that should remain the play of the year through the coming months.
It was that spectacular.
To truly get a sense of how marvelous this play from Tuesday's Outback Bowl was, you have to consider what happened just moments before. South Carolina had stopped Michigan from getting a first down in the fourth quarter of a tight ball game in the Gamecocks' 33-28 victory.
As Yahoo! Sports reports, the referees made a horrible call and actually gave Michigan a first down despite the measurement proving otherwise.
So the Wolverines got the ball, even though they shouldn't have, and South Carolina was forced to make up for the egregious error.
Clowney, the star defensive end who was a 5-star recruit coming out of high school, did one better and got the ball back for the Gamecocks almost immediately with pretty much the most devastating hit imaginable.
Michigan running back Vincent Smith took a handoff and was about to hit the hole when, out of nowhere, he was met with a tremendous dose of Clowney. Smith went down and lost the ball, his helmet and a good amount of his ego with one hit.
South Carolina went on to win a wild and manic game, 33-28. This was one of the special bowl games where a lot happened to keep your football hunger satiated.
Still, there was no bigger play than Clowney laying some beast-mode hurt on Smith.
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