To start the second quarter, the Panthers continued to move the ball with ease against the Steelers’ backup defense. In fact, at the start of the second frame the Panthers had racked up over 170 yards to the Steelers’ 3.
Although a Sutton Smith and Isaiah Buggs sack stalled the Panthers’ drive, it still resulted in a 59-yard field goal for Carolina, making the score 7-3.
The remainder of the second quarter was spent both teams punting the ball back to the other with no change in score. However, when Mason Rudolph took over for Joshua Dobbs, he was able to drive the Steelers into field goal range and set up Matthew Wright for a 47-yard field goal. But the kick sailed wide right.
Will Grier took advantage of the good field position, and wasted little time, throwing a beautiful touchdown pass to Aldrick Robinson. The extra point made the score 10-7 with 1:10 left in the half.
With three timeouts, Mason Rudolph wasted no time getting the Steelers near field goal range when he hit Johnny Holton for 40 yards. Holton made a move to the inside after catching the pass, and slipped, or else he could have walked into the endzone. The drive stalled and Wright was called on for a 49-yard kick, which was good. The kick made the score 10-10.
After a questionable throw by Grier resulted in a Cameron Sutton interception, the next play Rudoph hit Johnny Holton for the go-ahead touchdown with just 9 seconds left in the half. Wright missed the extra point, making the score 16-10 heading into halftime.