USC went for it on a 4th-2 from its own 33 to start the second quarter. They converted with an 18 yard pass reception by Mike Davis. A few plays later the Gamecocks called a reverse pass to Dylan Thompson for a first down. Shortly after that Pharoh Cooper caught a 16 yard pass for a touchdown to put USC back on top 14-7 with 12:14 to play in the quarter. 10-75-4:19 on that drive for USC.
Auburn started on its own 7 after a block in the back on the return. Despite the fact it had terrible field position, the Tigers wasted no time marching down the field. On the 10th play of the drive Cameron Artis-Payne took it in for a two yard touchdown run. That tied the game at 14 with 8:19 to play in the half. 10 plays, 93 yards, 3:46 on that drive for Auburn.
USC started its next drive on its own 25 after a touchback on the kickoff. The Gamecocks picked up one first down on a 14 yard pass play, but punted three plays later.
Auburn fumbled during the return and USC recovered at the Tigers 42. USC was stuffed on three straight plays, but an Auburn facemask on third down kept the drive going. The very next play Mike Davis caught a wheel route pass and went 27 yards for a touchdown. That made it 21-14 USC with 5:05 left in the half. 3-42-1:04 on the drive for USC.
Auburn started its next drive from the 25. Continuing its trend, the Tigers scored fast. It took them seven plays to go 75 yards. The drive was capped with a 37 yard touchdown run by Nick Marshall. That tied it at 21-21 with 2:35 to play in the half.
USC started its next drive on its own 25 after a touchback on the kickoff. USC picked up one first down, then let the clock run down on the next three plays.
Halftime score: 21-21