It took most of the quarter for someone to score and Clemson was the one. USC had a chance early driving to the Tigers 19 yard line on their first possession of the half but Shaw was stopped for no gain on a sneak on a fourth and one and the Gamecocks came away empty. Later in the quarter the Tigers put together a 88 yard drive that took 15 plays and nearly seven minutes to tie the game. One of the big moments was a fourth and one from the Gamecock 30 on which Boyd was stopped for no gain, but the Gamecocks where whistled for offsides and the Tigers had a first down. Boyd hit Martavis Bryant for 18 yards to the 4 and Rod McDowell ran in from there for the score with 3:01 left in the quarter.
USC mounted a drive as the quarter wound down with two penalties big in USC’s favor. Steve Spurrier decided to line up as if to go for a fourth and one from his own 30 and a hard count by Shaw drew an offsides for a first down. And later the Gamecocks picked up 15 yards on a pass interference call. Shaw also broke off a pair of 12 yard runs. They were on the Clemson 27 as the quarter ended.
End of the quarter….USC 17-Clemson 17