In a quarter that started slowly, USC heated up again adding two defensive touchdowns. Marcus Lattimore went over 100 yards rushing for the game and Alshon Jefferey went over 100 yards receiving. Also, Jefferey became the single-season record holder for most yards receiving eclipsing current Minnesota Viking WR Sidney Rice’s record of 1,143 yards set back in 2005.
- Not as many fireworks to start out the second quarter. Troy was unable to cross midfield and a USC drive bogged down just inside Trojan territory. The teams exchanged punts.
- Melvin Ingram forced a fumble as he recorded his eighth sack of the season. The Gamecocks recovered on the 7-yard line. Two plays later, Garcia hit TE Patrick Dimarco for a 7 yard strike. Scoring Drive: 2 plays, 7 yards, .33 USC 35 Troy 0
- Troy finally crossed midfield and made it count. After a late hit out-of-bounds on USC LB Quin Smith, The Trojans pulled a little trickery on the Gamecocks. A double-pass ended in a 25 yard touchdown pass from WR Jason Bruce to RB Chris Anderson. Scoring Drive: 8 plays, 82 yards, 3:29 USC 35 Troy 7
- USC began their next drive at their own 19. The Garcia to Jeffery connection resumed on this drive with the two hooking up on a pair of completions totaling 72 yards. Garcia did the rest with a 1-yard plunge. Scoring Drive: 6 plays, 81 yards, 2:13 USC 42 Troy 7
- It just kept getting worse for the visiting side as DB D.J. Swearinger jumped the route picking off QB Corey Robinson. Swearinger returned it 22 yards for the score. USC 49 Troy 7
- Stop me if you’ve read this already…turnover, Troy. On the final play of the half, Robinson threw his second interception of the half. DE Chaz Sutton snatched a deflected ball out of the air and rumbled 56 yards for yet another Gamecock touchdown. USC 56 Troy 7