South Carolina has battled a suddenly resurgent LSU offense, but a pick of Zach Mettenberger set up a Connor Shaw touchdown pass to give the Gamecocks an early lead.
South Carolina circumvented the small problem of their offense stalling out before midfield by starting their drive on the LSU 1-yard-line. Defensive back Jimmy Legree picked off a Zach Mettenberger pass - one of several quick slants that had seen success early for LSU - and returned it 77 yards to set up the Gamecocks for a three-play touchdown drive that ended with a Connor Shaw pass to Ace Sanders on a rollout.
The story so far has been LSU's relative effectiveness on offense. A week after Florida exposed just how inept Mettenberger and company have played of late, the Tigers have sustained long, balanced drives against the same Gamecocks defense that destroyed Georgia a week prior.
The Tigers' first-quarter field goal came after 16 plays and 7:47 on the clock, and LSU would respond to the South Carolina touchdown with an 11-play, 50 yard drive before Drew Alleman would miss a 33-yard field goal attempt.