Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
South Carolina: C
South Carolina’s secondary was clearly aided by Devin Gardner’s lack of accuracy in this game.
There were times when Michigan receivers were wide open down the field, but Gardner just missed them.
Still, you have to give the Gamecocks credit for limiting Michigan to just 214 yards through the air.
It may sound strange, but an “F” might be too gracious of a grade to give to Michigan’s secondary, considering how many big passing plays the Wolverines got burned for in this game.
This defensive backfield looked nothing like the one that came into this game ranked second in the nation in passing defense, allowing an average of just 155 yards through the air per game.
Michigan gave up 341 passing yards and four passing touchdowns, including an inexcusable 32-yard touchdown pass in the middle of the field with just 11 seconds left.
It was just a truly terrible performance by the secondary.