Here is the quick recap of the third quarter between USC and Mississippi State:
- Mississippi State received to start the second half. The kickoff was a line drive off one of the MSU players and it gave the Bulldogs the ball at the 48 to start the half. It looked like MSU was in business until Chaz Sutton forced a fumble two plays later. It was recovered by Sharrod Golightly and returned to the MSU 23.
- USC took advantage of the Bulldogs third turnover. It only took Connor Shaw four plays to find the end zone. He connected with Damiere Byrd for a six yard touchdown pass. That made it 24-10 Gamecocks with 12:54 to play in the third.
- USC drive summary: 4-23-1:29
- Mississippi State moved the ball to the 49 yard line before they were forced to punt. The 36 yard punt put the Gamecocks next drive starting point on the 14.
- USC used a heavy dose of Mike Davis on its next possession. Davis broke off a couple of big runs to push him over the 100 yard mark for the game. It also put him over the 1,000 yard mark for the season. Davis also had a nice 30 yard catch on the near sideline. The drive ended with a four yard touchdown pass from Connor Shaw to Jerell Adams. That made it 31-10 USC with 7:52 left in the quarter. That gave Shaw four TD passes, tying a career high.
- USC drive summary: 5-86-1:59
- MSU started its next drive on its own 25. Once again the drive would end with a turnover. Chaz Elder intercepted Dak Prescott’s pass and returned it to the Bulldogs 45. It was MSU’s fourth turnover of the day.
- USC took advantage again, but only with a field goal this time. Elliot Fry connected from 37 yards out to extend the Gamecock lead to 34-10 with 2:07 left in the quarter.
- USC drive summary: 8-20-4:35
- Mississippi State had a fourth and two on their own 33 as the third quarter ended.
THIRD QUARTER SCORE: USC 34, MSU 10