East Carolina started the second half with the ball. The Pirates started on their own 25 after a touchback on the kickoff. The Gamecocks ended the ECU drive when Sharrod Golightly intercepted a pass on the USC 31. That was the first turnover the Gamecock defense forced all season.
USC turned the turnover into points. The Gamecocks took it down the field and into the end zone on a drive that ended in a Dylan Thompson touchdown to K.J. Brent from 16 yards out. That made it 27-16 with 8:36 left in the quarter. Drive summary: 9-69-4:01
ECU’s next drive ended with another turnover. T.J. Gurley picked off Shane Carden and returned it to the USC 45.
USC drove inside the Pirates 10 yard line but they couldn’t find paydirt. They ended up with a 26 yard field goal that made it 30-16 Gamecocks with :43 left in the quarter. The drive was 13 plays, 46 yards in 5:40.
Third quarter score: USC 30, ECU 16