- USC takes opening kickoff and has an impressive drive going as Steve Spurrier calls up the passing game with four passes in five attempts including a 53 yarder from Stephen Garcia to Marcus Lattimore. But on a play from the FSU 20, Lattimore catches a short pass and is racked by Greg Reid. Lattimore fumbles and Kendall Smith returns it to the USC 29. Lattimore remained down for a couple of minutes then walked off under his own power.
- FSU reaches the USC 6 but is held to a 29 yard field goal by Dustin Hopkins. With 8:08 left in the quarter, FSU leads 3-0.
- USC’s next possession also ends with a turnover. Garcia is forced to scramble to his right and forces a deep pass which is intercepted by Michael Harris at FSU 1.
- Garcia is picked off again on the Gamecocks’ next possession. His pass bounces off DL Moore and is intercepted by Kendall Smith and returned to the USC 27. But again the defense gets a stop and Hopkins boots a 48 yard field goal. With 2:42 left in the quarter, FSU leads 6-0.
End of Quarter…FSU 6-USC 0