Furman won the toss and elected to receive. The Paladins started on their own 21 and drove to the 40 before they punted.
USC started on its own eight yard line after a holding call on the return. The offense put together a crisp, efficient and effective opening drive. They went 92 yards on eight plays and scored a touchdown when Dylan Thompson hit Shaq Roland from 14 yards out. That made it 7-0 USC with 9:14 to play in the quarter. Drive summary: 8-92-3:01
A touchback on the kickoff gave the Paladins the ball on their own 25 yard line. On a 2nd and 8 from the 40 yard line, Furman RB Hank McCloud took an option handoff 60 yards to the house. An extra point from Hunter Townes tied the game at 7-7 with 7:29 to play in the quarter. Drive Summary: 4-75-1:45
USC started on its on 25 yard line. Two quick passes to KJ Brent gave the Gamecocks a 1st and 10 at their own 45 yard line. Following a 15 yard pass interference penalty against Furman, Dylan Thompson found tight end Jerell Adams for a 24 yard gain. An 11 yard Shon Carson run set up a 5 yard Mike Davis touchdown on 1st and goal that made it 14-7 with 5:29 in the 1st quarter. Drive Summary: 5-75-2:00
Furman began the drive at their own 25 yard line, but went 3 and out after gaining only 9 yards.
A Jon Croft Hollingsworth punt went out of bounds to give the Gamecocks a 1st and 10 from their own 37 yard line. On 3rd and 14 from the 33 yard line, Dylan Thompson was sacked and fumbled the ball.
Following the turnover, Furman began the drive on the Gamecock 26 yard line. A 14 yard completion to Jordan Snellings gave the Paladins a 1st and 10 from the 11. Furman fumbled on the next play and the ball was recovered by defensive end Michael Washington.
From the 11 yard line, Mike Davis started off the drive with a 25 yard run the 36.
First quarter score: USC 14, Furman 7