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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.