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Jan. 1, 2001

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TAMPA, Fla. – The No. 18 Ohio State Buckeyes closed out the 2000 season with a 24-7, loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks at the Outback Bowl. The game was played in front of a sold out crowd of 65,229 at Raymond James Stadium. With the loss, the Buckeyes finish the season with an 8-4 record.

After a scoreless first quarter, the Gamecocks took the first lead of the game on a 23-yard field goal by Jason Corse. The kick capped a 10 play, 47-yard drive for USC.

With 5:40 remaining in the first half, Rodney Bailey sacked USC’s Ryan Brewer on a fake field goal attempt. The sack was the 47th of the season for the OSU defense and tied the school record set in 1998.

Less than five minutes into the second half, the Gamecocks got the ball on their own 28-yard line when Clevel Pinkney recovered a fumble by OSU quarterback Steve Bellisari. Seven plays later, South Carolina increased its lead to 10-0 on a 7-yard touchdown run by Brewer.

The Buckeyes hit pay-dirt with 3:51 remaining in the third quarter. Starting guard Mike Gurr recovered a fumble by Jonathan Wells in the endzone to cut the USC lead to 10-7. The score was set up by a 65-yard reception by Ken-Yon Rambo from Bellisari.

The Gamecocks increased their lead to 17-7 on a 28-yard touchdown reception by Brewer from quarterback Phil Petty. The score capped a four play, 54 second drive for USC.

USC scored the final touchdown of the game on a 2-yard rush by Brewer. Offensively, OSU tight end Darnell Sanders was a bright spot. He led the Buckeyes with a career high five receptions for 47 yards. On defense, Donnie Nickey, Nate Clements, Ryan Picket and Joe Cooper led the Buckeyes with six tackles each.