The onslaught continued early in the second quarter. The Gamecocks drove 80 yards in 6 plays with Thompson hitting Pharoh Cooper with a 18 yard scoring pass. It was Cooper’s first career touchdown catch and it made the score 35-0.
The Gamecocks made it six for six on scoring per possession the next time they got the ball. This was a 69 yard drive in 6 plays highlighted by the return of running back Brandon Wilds who got his first carries since the Central Florida game. He rushed 4 times for 45 yards including the final yard for the score and a 42-0 lead.
Coastal finally broke the Gamecock run with a 10 play, 75 yard drive capped by a fourth down, two yard scoring pass by Alex Ross to Lorenzo Taliaferro. USC leads 42-7.
The Chants threatened again late in the half but Victor Hampton intercepted Ross in the end zone to kill the threat and USC went to the lockerroom with a 42-7 lead.