2002 Outback Bowl
January 1, 2002 Tampa Bay, Florida 66,249 Attendance
Daniel Weaver's 42-yard field goal on the final play of the game gave South Carolina its second-consecutive Outback Bowl victory, 31-28. USC finished the season with a 9-3 record, which marked only the second time in school history that the school recorded more than eight wins in a season (1984; 10-2).
For the first time in school history, USC won consecutive bowl games and its final national ranking of No. 13 was the program's highest since 1984.
USC thwarted a 28-point Ohio State second-half comeback after dominating the first three quarters. Andrew Pinnock ran for 49 yards on 12 carries and scored two touchdowns for the Gamecocks. Brian Scott had seven receptions for 83 yards and scored his seventh career touchdown on a seven-yard strike from Phil Petty. Andrea Gause scored on a 50-yard bomb from Petty in the third quarter.
Petty was named the MVP as he completed 19-of-37 attempts for 227 yards and two TDs.
With less than 30 seconds left in the game, USC's Sheldon Brown picked off a Steve Bellisari pass to end a potential OSU drive and raced 37 yards to the Ohio State 29-yard line.
Ohio State did not get on the board until the last play of the third quarter, and rallied to tie the contest at 28 with just less than two minutes to play.
South Carolina Statistics
Passing: Petty 37-19-1-227.
Rushing: Brewer 5-61; Pinnock 12-49; Watson 11-27; Jenkins 1-2; Pinkins 1-0; Petty 6-(-19).
Receiving: Scott 7-83; Watson 4-37; Gause 3-72; Brewer 2-17; Pinnock 2-10; Thomas 1-8.
Tackles: Gause 10; Moore 7; Offord 7; Brown 6; Nesmith 6.