Scores

Final

Syracuse 17

(2-1, 0-1 away)

USC 38

(3-0, 1-0 Pac-12)

Coverage: FX

8:00 PM ET, September 17, 2011

Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA

1 2 3 4 T
SYR 3 0 7 717
USC 7 10 14 738

Top Performers

Passing: M. Barkley (USC) - 324 YDS, 5 TD

Rushing: C. McNeal (USC) - 5 CAR, 79 YDS

Receiving: R. Woods (USC) - 8 REC, 82 YDS, 1 TD

Matt Barkley tosses 5 TDs as Trojans drub Orange

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Matt Barkley passed for 324 yards and a school record-tying five touchdowns to five different receivers, and Southern California's slumbering offense came alive after two mediocre outings in the Trojans' 38-17 victory over previously unbeaten Syracuse Saturday night.

Barkley completed 26 of 39 passes without being intercepted. The junior from nearby Newport Beach threw for five touchdowns twice last season and is one of five players to accomplish the feat at USC. He has thrown nine TD passes while being picked off just once this year.

USC's offensive explosion snapped a string of six straight games in which the Trojans had scored fewer than 30 points. The Trojans entered the game ranked 90th in scoring among the country's 120 FBS schools, averaging 21 points.

Robert Woods caught eight passes for 82 yards and a touchdown for the Trojans (3-0), giving him 33 receptions this season, the most in any three-game span by a USC player in school history.

Keyshawn Johnson caught 32 passes in the final three games of the 1995 season.

Ryan Nassib completed his first 11 passes for 74 yards, but finished 25 of 37 for 230 yards for the outmanned Orange (2-1).

USC had scored only one offensive second-half touchdown in its first two games, but Barkley threw a 44-yard scoring pass to wide-open freshman Randall Telfer on the fourth play of the third quarter, giving the Trojans a 24-3 lead.

Syracuse, which gained only 34 yards in the second quarter, responded by scoring its first touchdown of the game on a 28-yard pass from wide receiver Alec Lemon to Van Chew, capping a 74-yard drive.

The Orange reached the USC 35 on their next possession, but Nassib was sacked on third down by DaJohn Harris and Shane Horton, forcing a punt. The Trojans then went 80 yards on eight plays, scoring on a 43-yard pass from Barkley to freshman Marqise Lee to make it 31-10.

Barkley's final TD pass was a 9-yarder to freshman Xavier Grimble early in the fourth quarter. Nassib's 12-yard scoring pass to Lemon with 6:34 to play completed the scoring in the game.

Antwon Bailey led Syracuse in rushing with 47 yards on 11 carries. Backup Curtis McNeal compiled 79 yards on just five carries and Marc Tyler picked up 41 yards on 15 carries for USC.

The Trojans piled up 501 yards in total offense to 331 for the Orange.

Ross Krautman kicked a 23-yard field goal on Syracuse's first possession for a 3-0 lead. The Trojans responded by moving 66 yards on 10 plays to go ahead 7-3, scoring on Barkley's 5-yard pass to Rhett Ellison.

Nassib didn't throw his first incompletion until the opening minute of the second quarter. He wouldn't complete another pass until the final 90 seconds of the first half.

With that, the USC defense began asserting itself, putting pressure on Nassib and stuffing the Syracuse running game. The opportunistic Trojans' offense took advantage, scoring 10 second-quarter points for a 17-3 halftime lead.

First came a 31-yard touchdown pass from Barkley to Woods, capping a 58-yard drive aided by a pass interference penalty against Kevyn Scott. Andre Heidari added a 26-yard field goal with 1:34 left in the period, but was wide left on a 46-yarder on the final play of the half.

USC raised its record to 3-0 against Syracuse, having won 16-0 at the Coliseum in 1924 and 34-16 at the Meadowlands in 1990. Todd Marinovich passed for 337 yards and three touchdowns for the Trojans in that game.

Mikhail Marinovich, Todd's younger brother, started at defensive end for the Orange Saturday night and recovered a fumble in the fourth quarter at the Trojans' 24. But Nassib fumbled on the next play and USC's Will Andrew recovered, accounting for the game's only turnovers.

The game was played before a crowd of 65,873 at the Coliseum.

USC plays its first road game of the season next Saturday night at No. 22 Arizona State (2-1), a 17-14 loser at Illinois on Saturday, while Syracuse entertains Toledo (1-2).

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SYR
USC
1st Downs1728
Total Yards331501
Passing258326
Rushing73175
Penalties6-657-70
3rd Down Conversions8-1510-14
4th Down Conversions0-10-0
Turnovers11
Possession26:2233:38

Passing Leaders

SyracuseC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Nassib25/372306.210
USCC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Barkley26/393248.350

Rushing Leaders

SyracuseCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bailey11474.3012
Nassib7172.4012
USCCARYDSAVGTDLG
McNeal57915.8043
Tyler15412.7011

Receiving Leaders

SyracuseRECYDSAVGTDLG
Provo88510.6033
Lemon77210.3116
USCRECYDSAVGTDLG
Woods88210.3131
Lee26331.5143

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERSYRUSC
FG08:16Ross Krautman 23 Yd 30
TD03:25Rhett Ellison 5 Yd Pass From Matt Barkley (Andre Heidari Kick) 37
SECOND QUARTERSYRUSC
TD07:33Robert Woods 31 Yd Pass From Matt Barkley (Andre Heidari Kick) 314
FG01:34Andre Heidari 26 Yd 317
THIRD QUARTERSYRUSC
TD12:58Randall Telfer 44 Yd Pass From Matt Barkley (Andre Heidari Kick) 324
TD10:43Van Chew 28 Yd Pass From Alec Lemon (Ross Krautman Kick) 1024
TD02:54Marqise Lee 43 Yd Pass From Matt Barkley (Andre Heidari Kick) 1031
FOURTH QUARTERSYRUSC
TD11:51Xavier Grimble 9 Yd Pass From Matt Barkley (Andre Heidari Kick) 1038
TD06:34Alec Lemon 12 Yd Pass From Ryan Nassib (Ross Krautman Kick) 1738

Research Notes

Matt Barkley threw 5 touchdown passes against Syracuse. It's the 3rd time in his career that he's thrown for 5 TD, which ties Matt Leinart for the most in USC history
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