USC took the opening kickoff returned by Bruce Ellington from the end zone to the 35. The Gamecocks moved deep into ECU territory largely behind the running of Marcus Lattimore who rushed for 21 yards on 4 carries. But the drive ended when Connor Shaw fumbled on a run up the middle and ECU recovered at its 15.
Another Gamecock fumble later in the quarter gave ECU a great scoring opportunity. Lattimore caughed it up at his own 43. The Pirates cashed in that mistake with a 25 yard strike from Dominique Davis to Justin Hardy. It was Hardy’s first career touchdown.
Quarter ends with ECU drving to the Gamecock 18.
ECU had 91 yards in the quarter to USC’s 69. Davis was 7-11 for 59 yards and 1 TD. Shaw was 2-8 for 18 yards and Lattimore rushed for 32 yards.