Boston College got into a bit of a rhythm in the third quarter and sustained a long drive, but on 4th and 1, USC defensive end Leonard Williams stuffed the Eagles for no gain and the Trojans took over at their own 47-yard line.
Cody Kessler came back under center and, after buying some time, hit wide receiver Nelson Agholor near the sideline for a 21-yard gain. Later on the drive, Tre Madden broke off a 30-yard rush to the house to put the Trojans up 21-0 over the Eagles. With his touchdown, Madden recorded his third consecutive 100-yard game for USC, becoming the first Trojan to do so since Marcus Allen in 1981. The Trojans also snapped their third-quarter scoreless streak: prior to Madden’s touchdown run, USC had been blanked in the third quarter since against Arizona State on Nov. 10, 2012.
To end the quarter, freshman running back Justin Davis shredded the Eagles defense for 40 yards, and looked incredibly impressive while doing so.
The Trojans maintained composure on both sides of the ball–despite mounting penalties–and continued to keep Boston College off the board going into the fourth quarter.