USC put together a nice drive on its first possession of the quarter converting a fourth and two with a 19 yard pass from Connor Shaw to Nick Jones to the Bulldogs 33. But the drive ended when Steve Spurrier opted to pass on a field goal attempt and run Marcus Lattimore on fourth and two from the 25. He was stopped for no gain.
The Bulldogs then moved down the field and got into position for a 40 yard field goal attempt by Derek DePasquale. But he was wide right, just his third miss of the season.
As the quarter ended, the Bulldogs were looking at a 4 and three from the USC 36. It was 7-7 going to the fourth.