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  South Carolina's Ryan Brewer had 219 all-purpose yards and scored all three of the Gamecocks' touchdowns. AP

Getting a little payback

Ohio native Brewer leads S.C. to rout of Buckeyes

Derek who? As it turns out, South Carolina had a bit more to offer on offense than just star tailback Derek Watson, who was suspended for the Outback Bowl. Ohio native Ryan Brewer, who was snubbed by his state school during the recruiting process, stepped into the void for a huge day, scoring three touchdowns as the Gamecocks capped a remarkable turnaround with a 24-7 whipping of Ohio State in Tampa.

OUTBACK BOWL HEADLINES
Dec 31 South Carolina not taking a back seat to Ohio State
Dec 31 Holtz takes Cinderella Gamecocks to Tampa
Dec 30 Ohio State tackle sues teammate over punch
Dec 24 Gamecocks' leading rusher suspended for Outback
Dec 22 South Carolina's Watson uninjured in car wreck
Dec 21 Inside the Big Ten: Boilers' Stratton weighs options
Dec 20 Animated Playbooks: South Carolina Gamecocks vs Ohio State Buckeyes
Dec 20 Ohio State's Germany to miss Outback Bowl
Dec 19 Inside the SEC: League boasts of balance


Ohio State   South Carolina
 
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Record: 8-3, 5-3 Big Ten
Coach:
John Cooper (13th season, 111-42-4; 193-82-6 overall)
Key players:
RB Derek Combs (863 yards), CB Nate Clements (13 pass deflections), S Mike Doss (89 tackles, 12 for loss)
Season summary:
OSU is back playing on New Year's Day, but Buckeyes fans look at this as another season that got away with their near-annual loss to Michigan. The problem has been inconsistency by second-year QB Steve Bellisari, wasting the talents of WRs Ken-Yon Rambo and Reggie Germany. But the Bucks do have two decent tailbacks i Combs and Jonathan Wells, and a stifling defense up front. Only four teams have rushed for more than 100 yards against OSU.
 
 
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Record: 7-4, 5-3 SEC
Coach:
Lou Holtz (second season, 7-15; 223-210-7 overall)
Key players:
RB Derek Watson (1,834 all-purpose yards), DB Rashad Faison (13 tackles-for-loss), LB Kalimba Edwards (69 tackles)
Season summary:
College football's biggest turnaround of the season began in earnest when the Gamecocks shocked SEC East favorite Georgia in the second week. Its confidence high, S.C. rolled to seven wins in its first eight games before falling short in a rough stretch against Tennessee, Florida and Clemson. The key has been not only a rock-solid defense, but a much-improved offense under QB Phil Petty. Utilizing a version of the ever-popular spread offense, Watson has become a bona fide star, and an offense that was barely able to get a first down last season has won seven games with virtually the same personnel.
 

   
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