2002 Outback Bowl

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2002 Outback Bowl
Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Ohio State 0 0 7 21 28
South Carolina 0 14 14 3 31
Date January 1, 2002
Season 2001
Stadium Raymond James Stadium
Location Tampa, Florida
MVP Phil Petty (South Carolina QB)
United States TV coverage
Network ESPN
Outback Bowl
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The 2002 edition to the Outback Bowl featured the South Carolina Gamecocks, and the Ohio State Buckeyes. South Carolina had blown out Ohio State in the previous year's game, 24-7.

South Carolina scored first, when running back Andrew Pinnock scored on a 1 yard touchdown run to open up a 7-0 second quarter lead. Quarterback Phil Petty found Brian Scott for a 7 yard touchdown pass, to increase the lead to 14-0. In the third quarter, Phil Pettey found Andrea Gause for a 50 yard touchdown pass to increase the lead to 21-0. Andrew Pinnock made the lead seemingly insurmountable when he rushed 10 yards for a touchdown, to put USC up 28-0, late in the third quarter.

Late in the third quarter, quarterback Steve Bellisari rushed 2 yards for a touchdown to put Ohio State on the board, 28-7. Early in the fourth quarter, he found Darnell Sanders for a 16 yard touchdown pass to trim the margin to 28-14. Ohio State was driving again with 6 minutes left, when Belisari fumbled a snap at South Carolina's 23 yard line. On the very next play, South Carolina gave it right back, when they fumbled, giving Ohio State new life.

Steve Belisari threw a 22 yard pass to Michael Jenkins, and Jonathan Wells took a handoff 1 yard for a touchdown, bringing Ohio State to 28-21. South Carolina went 3 and out on its next possession, giving the ball to Ohio State. Steve Bellisari engineered a perfect drive, going 5 for 5 for 63 yards, including a 9 yard touchdown pass to Sanders with 1:54 left, to tie the game at 28. Ohio State intercepted a South Carolina pass, but Belisari threw an interception, and South Carolina got the ball back in good field position. Daniel Weaver kicked the winning field goal for South Carolina as time expired.

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