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2001 Outback Bowl
Bowl Game
1 2 3 4 Total
Ohio State University 0 0 7 0 7
University of 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 3-0 lead. That score would hold until halftime, with both teams playing terrific defense.

In the third quarter, South Carolina's Ryan Brewer rushed 7 yards for a touchdown increasing the margin to 10-0, USC. South Carolina's defense held again, and got the ball back. South Carolina fumbled that drive, and Ohio State's Mike Gurr recovered the fumble in the end zone for a touchdown, pulling OSU to within 10-7.

Early in the fourth quarter, quarterback Phil Petty found Ryan Brewer for a 28 yard touchdown pass, increasing the lead to 17-7. With 7 minutes left in the game, Brewer again scored from 2 yards out, making the final 24-7.

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

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