Mississippi State’s drive that started late in the third quarter died out at the USC 36. DePasquale attempted a 53 yard field goal but was short. The score remained tied at 7-7.
DePasquale would get the chance to redeem himself on State’s next possession. The Bulldogs drove to the Gamecock four but couldn’t get into the end one on two passes and a run. DePasquale came on and split the uprights from 22 yards out. With 9:50 to play, the Bullies led 10-7.
USC responded with a go ahead touchdown drive, and did so with Marcus Lattimore on the training table icing his left knee. Lattimore was injured while blocking on a play. Meantime, the Gamecocks drove 79 yards for the score, a four yard pass from Connor Shaw to Alshon Jeffery on a fade to the left side of the end one. Jeffery, who had his helmet pulled off on the play, out jumped two defenders on the play. With 3:50 left, USC led 14-10.
Mississippi State came flying down the field on its next possession. The Bulldogs had it first and ten on the USC 32 when Tyler Russell lofted a pass down the left hash. Gamecock safety DJ Swearinger read it all the way and made the interception to preserve the Gamecock lead.
The Gamecocks ran out the clock with Shaw taking the snap with :04 left and running out the back of the end zone for a safety. Final score, USC 14-Mississippi State 12.