2001 South Carolina Gamecocks football team

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2001 South Carolina Gamecocks football
South Carolina Gamecocks Block C logo.svg
Outback Bowl champion
Outback Bowl, W 31–28 vs. Ohio State
Conference Southeastern Conference
Division Eastern Division
Ranking
Coaches No. 13
AP No. 13
2001 record 9–3 (5–3 SEC)
Head coach Lou Holtz (3rd year)
Offensive coordinator Skip Holtz (3rd year)
Defensive coordinator Charlie Strong (3rd year)
Home stadium Williams-Brice Stadium (c. 80,250, grass)
Seasons
← 2000
2002 →
2001 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#4 Tennessee x   7 1         11 2  
#3 Florida  %   6 2         10 2  
#13 South Carolina   5 3         9 3  
#22 Georgia   5 3         8 4  
Kentucky   1 7         2 9  
Vanderbilt   0 8         2 9  
Western Division
#7 LSU xy$   5 3         10 3  
Auburn x   5 3         7 5  
Ole Miss   4 4         7 4  
Alabama   4 4         7 5  
Arkansas   4 4         7 5  
Mississippi State   2 6         3 8  
Championship: LSU 31, Tennessee 20
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2001 South Carolina Gamecocks football team represented the University of South Carolina in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) during the 2001 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Gamecocks were led by Lou Holtz in his third season as head coach, and played their home games in Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina.

South Carolina followed up one of the biggest turnarounds in college football history in 2000 with another successful season in 2001. South Carolina's game on September 20 against Mississippi State was the first NCAA Division I-A game played following the September 11 attacks.[1] On January 1, 2002, the Gamecocks defeated Ohio State in the 2002 Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida, and finished the season ranked #13 in both the AP Poll and the Coaches Poll.

Schedule[edit]

The November 10 game played host to ESPN's College Gameday, a first for the program. A game against Bowling Green was scheduled for September 15, but was cancelled in the wake of the September 11 attacks.[2] The game was never played. South Carolina added Wofford to the schedule to replace the open date originally scheduled for November 3.[3]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 1 7:00 PM Boise State* No. 21 Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, SC W 32–13   83,019[4]
September 8 7:45 PM at No. 25 Georgia No. 21 Sanford StadiumAthens, GA ESPN W 14–9   86,520[4]
September 20 7:30 PM at No. 17 Mississippi State No. 18 Scott FieldStarkville, MS ESPN W 16–14   43,579[4]
September 29 12:30 PM Alabama No. 15 Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC JPS W 37–36   84,100[4]
October 6 1:00 PM Kentucky No. 13 Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC PPV W 42–6   80,250[4]
October 13 3:30 PM at Arkansas No. 9 War Memorial StadiumLittle Rock, AR CBS L 7–10   53,514[4]
October 20 1:00 PM Vanderbilt No. 16 Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC W 46–14   83,104[4]
October 27 6:00 PM at No. 9 Tennessee No. 12 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN ESPN2 L 10–17   107,530[4]
November 3 1:00 PM Wofford* No. 17 Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC W 38–14   77,922[4]
November 10 7:45 PM No. 4 Florida No. 14 Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC ESPN L 17–54   84,900[4]
November 17 12:30 PM Clemson* No. 22 Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC (Battle of the Palmetto State) JPS W 20–15   85,000[4]
January 1 11:00 AM vs. No. 22 Ohio State* No. 14 Raymond James StadiumTampa, FL (Outback Bowl) ESPN W 31–28   66,249[4]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

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