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2000 Ohio State Buckeyes football team


2000 Ohio State Buckeyes football team

South Carolina
Conference Big Ten Conference
2000 record 8–4 (5–3 Big Ten)
Head coach John Cooper
MVP Derek Combs
Captain Rodney Bailey
Captain Steve Bellisari
Captain Joe Cooper
Captain Ken-Yon Rambo
Home stadium Ohio Stadium
(Capacity: 95,346)

The 2000 Ohio State Buckeyes football team represented the Ohio State University in the college football season of 2000–2001. The Buckeyes compiled a 8–4 record, including a 38–26 loss to rival Michigan in Columbus in the regular season finale and a 24–7 loss to the South Carolina Gamecocks in the 2001 Outback Bowl. The losses dropped head coach John Cooper's record to 2–10–1 in Ohio State-Michigan games and 3–7 in bowl games, contributing to his dismissal from the team on January 2, 2001.[1]


Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 2 12:00 PM Fresno State* #16 Ohio StadiumColumbus, OH ESPN+ W 43–10   96,583[2]
September 9 10:10 PM at Arizona* #18 Arizona StadiumTucson, AZ FSN W 27–17   57,367[2]
September 16 12:00 PM Miami (OH)* #17 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH ESPN+ W 27–16   96,721[2]
September 23 12:00 PM Penn State #14 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH ABC W 45–6   98,144[2]
October 7 3:30 PM at #24 Wisconsin #8 Camp Randall StadiumMadison, WI ABC W 23–7   79,045[2]
October 14 12:00 PM Minnesota #6 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH ESPN2 L 17–29   98,120[2]
October 21 12:00 PM at Iowa #14 Kinnick StadiumIowa City, IA ESPN+ W 38–10   60,495[2]
October 28 3:30 PM at #16 Purdue #12 Ross–Ade StadiumWest Lafayette, IN ABC L 27–31   68,666[2]
November 4 12:00 PM Michigan State #16 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH ESPN W 27–13   98,406[2]
November 11 4:00 PM at Illinois #13 Memorial StadiumChampaign, IL ESPN W 24–21   61,207[2]
November 18 12:00 PM #19 Michigan #12 Ohio Stadium • Columbus, OH (The Game) ABC L 26–38   98,681[2]
January 1 11:00 AM vs. #14 South Carolina* #22 Raymond James StadiumTampa, FL (Outback Bowl) ESPN L 7–24   65,229[2]
*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.

Coaching staff

  • John Cooper - Head Coach - 13th year
  • George Belu - Offensive Line (1st year)
  • Bill Conley - Recruiting Coordinator (13th year)
  • Jim Heacock - Defensive Line (6th year)
  • Fred Pagac - Assistant Head Coach (19th year)
  • Tim Salem - (4th year)
  • Shawn Simms - Defensive Ends (4th year)
  • Tim Spencer - Running Backs (7th year)
  • Chuck Strobart - Offensive Coordinator (6th year)
  • Jon Tenuta - Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Backs (5th year)
  • Bob Tucker - Director of Football Operations (6th year)
  • Brian Williams - Defense / Special Teams (1st year)

Game summaries

Fresno State


Miami (OH)

Penn State


1 234Total
• Ohio St 13 730 23
Wisconsin 0 070 7





Michigan State


1 234Total
Ohio St 3 966 24
Illinois 7 707 21
  • Source: USA Today


Outback Bowl

2001 NFL draftees

Player Round Pick Position NFL Club
Nate Clements 1 21 Defensive Back Buffalo Bills
Ryan Pickett 1 29 Defensive Tackle St. Louis Rams
Rodney Bailey 6 181 Defensive End Pittsburgh Steelers
Reggie Germany 7 214 Wide Receiver Buffalo Bills
Derek Combs 7 228 Defensive Back Oakland Raiders
Ken-Yon Rambo 7 229 Wide Receiver Oakland Raiders


Win/Loss statistics
  • Ohio State Historical Scores
Draft data
  • Ohio State Drafted Players
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