A quick recap of the first quarter of USC and Mississippi State:
- Mississippi State won the toss and deferred to the second half. USC started with the ball. The kickoff went through the end zone for a touchback so the Gamecocks started on the 25. Carolina only managed to pick up four yards and punted three plays later.
- Mississippi State took over on its own 40 after a 31 yard punt. The Bulldogs made it look pretty easy on their first drive. They marched right down the field and scored a touchdown nine plays later on a one yard run by quarterback Dak Prescott. The Bulldogs never faced a third down on the drive. That made the score 7-0 MSU with 8:46 left in the first.
- MSU drive summary: 9-60-5:09
- After the Bulldogs kickoff USC took over on its own 29. The Gamecock offense sprang to life on its second possession. Sparked by a couple of nice Mike Davis runs the Gamecocks moved into Bulldog territory. A few plays later they scored on a touchdown pass; 14 yards from Connor Shaw to Shaq Roland. That made it 7-7 with 6:23 left in the first.
- USC drive summary: 5-71-2:23
- Mississippi State started on its own 25 after the kickoff. The Bulldogs picked up one first down on a long run by quarterback Dak Prescott, but they were forced to punt three plays later.
- USC took over on its own 10 after a 40 yard punt. USC was unable to grab a first down and punted three plays later.
- MSU took over on its own 42 after the punt. On second down the Gamecocks got the ball back when Skai Moore intercepted a deflected pass. Vic Hampton broke it up.
- USC took over on its 40. Connor Shaw lost 13 yards on a first down sack, but the Gamecocks got it all back on a screen play to Shon Carson on the next play. On the very next play Shaq Roland caught a 43 yard touchdown pass to put the Gamecocks up 14-7 with 1:20 left in the quarter.
- USC drive summary: 3-54-1:17
- After the kickoff MSU started on its own 15. The Bulldogs were facing a third and one at the 24 when the quarter ended.
FIRST QUARTER SCORE: USC 14, MSU 7