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edition to the Outback Bowl featured the South Carolina Gamecocks
The 2000 South Carolina Gamecocks football team represented the University of South Carolina in the Southeastern Conference. The Gamecocks were led by Lou Holtz in his second season as USC head coach and played their home games in Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, SC.Carolina played their way to...
, and the Ohio State Buckeyes
The 2000 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the college football season of 2000-2001. The Buckeyes compiled a 8–4 record, including a 38–26 loss to rival Michigan in Columbus in the regular season finale and a 24–7 loss to the South Carolina...
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.