Auburn opened the second quarter facing a third and three from the USC 25 yard line. Freshman Kiel Frazier entered the game at quarterback and scrambled 24 yards to the Gamecock one yard line. Two plays later Michael Dyer scored to give Auburn a 9-6 lead. The Tigers bonked the extra point of the upright to keep it at a three point game with 14:22.
USC failed to pick up a first down on its next possession. The drive ended when Stephen Garcia missed a wide open Marcus Lattimore on third and 17. Garcia and the Gamecock offense headed to the sideline with a smattering of boos from the fans.
Auburn reclaimed possession on its own 49 and failed to gain a yard before punting it back to USC.
Ace Sanders elected not to field the punt and Auburn downed the kick on the four yard line. The moved the ball past the 20 before Stephen Garcia made his next mistake. This time he overshot an open Ace Sanders and was intercepted at the 50 yard line.
Fortunately for USC, its defense answered the call again and forced another Auburn punt. Unfortunately for USC, the Tigers downed that punt on the one forcing the struggling Gamecock offense to begin a drive backed up against its own goal line.
USC gave itself some breathing room with two straight runs by Marcus Lattimore. Lattimore’s runs moved the ball to the 17, but Carolina was unable to pick up another first down and ended up punting.
Auburn began its next drive on its own 35. The Tigers used a steady dose of Michael Dyer to move down to the Gamecock 15 yard line. The drive stalled and the Tigers ended up lining up for a 32 yard field goal . For some reason Gene Chizik thought it would be a good idea to fake it. The play was well read by USC and Melvin Ingram intercepted the pass to thrawt the scoring chance and send the Gamecocks into the locker room down just three.
HALFTIME SCORE: AUBURN 9, USC 6