Here are the gory details of a rough third quarter for USC in the SEC Championship game against Auburn.
- The Gamecocks take the second half kickoff and put together a nice drive to the Auburn 25 but they can’t knock into the end zone. Spencer Lanning came on to attempt a 42 yard field goal but he pushed it to the right.
- Auburn made short work of its first possession of the half needing just 2:09 to navigate down the field. Cam Newton had a 25 yard run and a 39 yard pass on the drive. That pass to Emory Blake carried to the USC three and two plays later Newton drove it into the end zone from the one. With 7:56 left in the quarter, Auburn leads 35-14.
- The Tiger defense came up big on USC’s next possession. Coming with a blitz at the USC 22, the Tigers Craig Stevens put heavy pressure on Stephen Garcia. Garcia tried to get rid of the ball but was picked off by T’Sharvan Bell who returned it 8 yards for a touchdown. With 7:23 left in the quarter, Auburn leads 42-14.
- Both teams go conservative the rest of the quarter turning to their running games trying to run the clock down.
- End of quarter…Auburn 42-USC 14.