2001 Outback Bowl

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2001 Outback Bowl
Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Ohio State 0 0 7 0 7
South Carolina 0 3 7 14 24
Date January 1, 2001
Season 2000
Stadium Raymond James Stadium
Location Tampa, Florida
MVP Ryan Brewer (South Carolina RB)
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Announcers: Ron Franklin, Mike Gottfried, Adrian Karsten
Outback Bowl
 < 2000  2002

The 2001 edition to the Outback Bowl featured the South Carolina Gamecocks, and the Ohio State Buckeyes.

After a scoreless first quarter, South Carolina's kicker Jason Corse put the Gamecocks on the board with a 23-yard field goal, giving USC an early three to nothing lead. That score would hold until halftime, with both teams playing terrific defense.

In the third quarter, South Carolina's Ryan Brewer rushed seven yards for a touchdown, increasing the margin to ten to nothing. South Carolina's defense held again and got the ball back. South Carolina fumbled on that drive, and Ohio State's Mike Gurr recovered the fumble in the end zone for a touchdown, pulling OSU to within three points.

Early in the fourth quarter, quarterback Phil Petty found Ryan Brewer for a 28-yard touchdown pass, increasing the lead to seventeen to seven. With seven minutes left in the game, Brewer again scored from two yards out, making the final 24 to seven.

Ohio State's head coach, John Cooper, was fired following the game.

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