2001 Outback Bowl
15th Outback Bowl
1234 Total
Ohio State 0070 7
South Carolina 03714 24
DateJanuary 1, 2001
StadiumRaymond James Stadium
LocationTampa, Florida
MVPRyan Brewer (South Carolina RB)
United States TV coverage
AnnouncersRon Franklin, Mike Gottfried, Adrian Karsten
Outback Bowl
 < 2000  2002

The 2001 Outback Bowl featured the South Carolina Gamecocks, and the Ohio State Buckeyes. It was the 15th edition of the Outback Bowl.


After a scoreless first quarter, South Carolina 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 seven yards for a touchdown, increasing the lead to 10–0. South Carolina's defense held again and got the ball back, but fumbled on the ensuing drive, with Ohio State's Mike Gurr recovering the fumble in the end zone for a touchdown, pulling Ohio State to within three points, 10–7.

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

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