|2001 South Carolina Gamecocks football|
Outback Bowl champion
|2001 record||9–3 (5–3 SEC)|
|Head coach||Lou Holtz (3rd season)|
|Offensive coordinator||Skip Holtz (3rd season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Charlie Strong (3rd season)|
|Home stadium||Williams-Brice Stadium (c. 80,250, grass)|
|2001 SEC football standings|
|No. 4 Tennessee x||7||–||1||11||–||2|
|No. 3 Florida %||6||–||2||10||–||2|
|No. 13 South Carolina||5||–||3||9||–||3|
|No. 22 Georgia||5||–||3||8||–||4|
|No. 7 LSU xy$||5||–||3||10||–||3|
|Championship: LSU 31, Tennessee 20|
Rankings from AP Poll
The 2001 South Carolina Gamecocks football team represented the University of South Carolina in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) during the 2001 NCAA Division I-A football season. The Gamecocks were led by Lou Holtz in his third season as head coach, and played their home games in Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina.
South Carolina followed up one of the biggest turnarounds in college football history in 2000 with another successful season in 2001. South Carolina's game on September 20 against Mississippi State was the first NCAA Division I-A game played following the September 11 attacks. On January 1, 2002, the Gamecocks defeated Ohio State in the 2002 Outback Bowl in Tampa, Florida, and finished the season ranked #13 in both the AP Poll and the Coaches Poll.
The November 10 game played host to ESPN's College Gameday, a first for the program. A game against Bowling Green was scheduled for September 15, but was cancelled in the wake of the September 11 attacks. The game was never played. South Carolina added Wofford to the schedule to replace the open date originally scheduled for November 3.
|September 1||7:00 PM||Boise State*||No. 21||W 32–13||83,019|
|September 8||7:45 PM||at No. 25 Georgia||No. 21||ESPN||W 14–9||86,520|
|September 20||7:30 PM||at No. 17 Mississippi State||No. 18||ESPN||W 16–14||43,579|
|September 29||12:30 PM||Alabama||No. 15||JPS||W 37–36||84,100|
|October 6||1:00 PM||Kentucky||No. 13||PPV||W 42–6||80,250|
|October 13||3:30 PM||at Arkansas||No. 9||CBS||L 7���10||53,514|
|October 20||1:00 PM||Vanderbilt||No. 16||W 46–14||83,104|
|October 27||6:00 PM||at No. 9 Tennessee||No. 12||ESPN2||L 10–17||107,530|
|November 3||1:00 PM||Wofford*||No. 17||W 38–14||77,922|
|November 10||7:45 PM||No. 4 Florida||No. 14||ESPN||L 17–54||84,900|
|November 17||12:30 PM||Clemson*||No. 22||JPS||W 20–15||85,000|
|January 1||11:00 AM||vs. No. 22 Ohio State*||No. 14||ESPN||W 31–28||66,249|
|2001 South Carolina Gamecocks football team roster|
- South Carolina edges Mississippi State, 16–14[permanent dead link]
- "Cumulative Season Statistics". University of South Carolina.
- "College Football Data Warehouse". Archived from the original on 2008-04-22. Retrieved 2008-03-25.
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