The Gamecocks took the kickoff and went on a 75 yard drive primarily behind the passing of Thompson who was 7-8 on the drive for 68 yards. He capped the 11 play drive with a 29 yard strike to Shaq Roland on a post pattern. The Gamecocks caught a break on the drive when Jerell Adams recovered a fumble by Nick Jones after catch at the Vandy 40. USC 24-14.
But the Gamecocks couldn’t enjoy the score for long because for the second time in the game, Darrius Sims took the kickoff to the house, this time for 100 yards. USC 24-21.
The Gamecocks answered that with a drive into Vandy territory reaching the 26. But Thompson threw three straight incompletions and Fry booted a 43 yard field goal. USC 27-21.
The Commodores were pinned back on their own 6 to start the next drive but a 31 yard pass from Freebeck to Steven Scheu moved the ball to the 38. A 25 yard run by Trent Sherfield followed and the Commodores were at the Gamecock 37. The Commodores drove to the 3 where on third down Ralph Webb made it to the 2. The Commodores decided to kick it and after a delay penalty Tommy Openshaw nailed a 25 yarder. USC 27-24.
End of quarter…USC 27-24.