The teams exchanged punts for most of the quarter. There were a total of 5 between the teams. But late in the quarter Mississippi State put together a drive of 69 yards mostly on the ground finding success in the middle of the defense. But it was thru the air the Bulldogs scored, a 19 yard pass from Tyler Russell to Chris Smith who beat Stephon Gilmore in man coverage with a post move. With 1:09 left in the quarter, Mississippi State led 7-0.
The quarter would end with that score but with USC starting to put together a drive.
USC had just 39 yards in the quarter.