Kentucky opened the second half with the ball. The Wildcats picked up where they left off in the first half, punting after just three plays.
Connor Shaw and the Gamecock offense came out hot. Shaw led the Gamecocks on a 78 yard drive that took 11 plays and culminated in a 25 yard touchdown pass to Nick Jones. That was Shaw’s fourth touchdown pass of the game. He’s the first Gamecock quarterback to throw four TDs in a game since Blake Mitchell did it against MTSU in 2006. USC led 27-3.
After another Wildcat three and out and punt, USC took over and drove the ball 48 yards before kicking a 48 yard field goal with Jay Wooten. That score put the Gamecocks up 30-3 with 1:43 left in the third quarter.
Kentucky put Maxwell Smith in at quarterback on its next possession. His first play was a pass and it was intercepted by Gamecock defensive back C.C. Whitlock.
USC was unable to pick up a first down and settled for a 42 yard field goal by Wooten to go up 33-3 as the half ended.
The quarter ended with Kentucky having just 68 yards of total offense.
USC 33, KENTUCKY 3