The Gamecocks get a quick three and out on defense on the first possession and proceed to score their first touchdown of the night. The Gamecocks drove 64 yards in 7 plays with Shaw connecting with Bruce Ellington for a 32 yard touchdown on a fourth and 3 play. Steve Spurrier opted to kick the extra point rather than go for two and the Gamecocks pulled to within 14-13.
That would be the only scoring of the quarter. The Gators did have a drive that reached the Gamecock 8 but on third down Jadeveon Clowney tackled Mack Brown for a 6 yard loss. Austin Hardin then missed the 32 yard field goal.
USC had 69 yards in the quarter to 53 for Florida.