After a scoreless first quarter, South Carolina's kicker Jason Corse put the Gamecocks on the board with a 23 yard field goal, giving USC an early 3-0 lead. That score would hold until halftime, with both teams playing terrific defense.
In the third quarter, South Carolina's Ryan Brewer rushed 7 yards for a touchdown increasing the margin to 10-0, USC. South Carolina's defense held again, and got the ball back. South Carolina fumbled that drive, and Ohio State's Mike Gurr recovered the fumble in the end zone for a touchdown, pulling OSU to within 10-7.
Early in the fourth quarter, quarterback Phil Petty found Ryan Brewer for a 28 yard touchdown pass, increasing the lead to 17-7. With 7 minutes left in the game, Brewer again scored from 2 yards out, making the final 24-7.
Ohio State's head coach John Cooper was fired following the game.