Starting the fourth quarter with a first down on the Navy 29, USC moved the ball to the Navy nine and kept the drive alive on a fourth down and one conversion by Stephen Garcia. One play later Marcus Lattimore scrambled eight yards for the touchdown to put the Gamecocks back on top. Lattimore’s third score of the night gave USC a 24-21 lead with 12:45 left in the game. That carry gave Lattimore a career high 216 yards rushing on the night. All told, the drive went 79 yards on 15 plays and took 5:50 off the clock.
The USC defense put together its best showing of the night on Navy’s next possession. The Gamecocks forced the Mids to a three-and-out and forced the Middies to punt on their own 26 yard line.
After a 29 yard punt by Navy USC took over on its own 44 yard line with 10:46 left in the game. The Gamecocks drove all the way to the Navy five but were stopped a fourth and two giving the ball back to the Mids.
Navy took over on their own six yard line with 5:34. The tried made it interesting when the converted a fourth and 15 play on their first series but they threw an interception on four plays later. Antonio Allen made the play giving USC the ball back on its own 45.
FINAL SCORE: USC 24, NAVY 21