USC vs. Syracuse: 2nd Half Delayed Due to Inclement Weather

Ian HanfordFeatured ColumnistSeptember 8, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 8: Matt Barkley #7 of the USC Trojans attempts a pass against the Syracuse Orange in the first half during a game at MetLife Stadium on September 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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Inclement weather in the New York area isn't just impacting play at the U.S. Open; it's also throwing a wrench into Saturday's football matchup between Syracuse and Southern California.

The second half is being delayed for pending weather conditions, according to Bleacher Report's Twitter feed:

Second half of the USC-Syracuse game is being delayed by "pending" weather.

— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 8, 2012


UPDATE: Saturday, September 8 at 6:14 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

FOX Sports reporter Lindsey Thiry brings encouraging news from MetLife Stadium:

Teams are coming back to the field at 6:15, the game will be going at 6:25. #USC #Syracuse

— Lindsey Thiry (@LindseyThiry) September 8, 2012

Turn your television back on, grab some popcorn and get comfortable. It looks like we have football in New York.


---End of Update---


Fans in MetLife Stadium have been instructed to take shelter due to severe weather conditions. A tornado touched down at New York Beach earlier on Saturday, and the forecast has been littered with thunderstorms.

We don't know specifically how long this game will be delayed, but MetLife Stadium's Twitter shed some light on the situation:

The Syracuse/USC game will be delayed 30-45 minutes from the time the rain begins.

— MetLifeStadium (@MLStadium) September 8, 2012

Given the conditions at the U.S. Open throughout the week, this isn't shocking. Matches have been delayed left and right, and the schedule has been altered because of it.

USC went into halftime with a 14-3 lead, and the Trojans were hoping to build on that lead early in the third quarter. This delay gives the Orange at least a few more minutes to regather themselves.

This weather makes the day more bizarre for the Trojans. Syracuse has the home-field advantage, but this game wasn't expected to be close. They didn't score until the second quarter when Matt Barkley found Marqise Lee for a long-awaited touchdown.

Barkley followed that up with a touchdown toss to All-American candidate Robert Woods.

USC is trying to re-establish itself as the No. 1 team in the nation after losing that spot to Alabama after Week 1. The Trojans offense has struggled so far in Week 2, but their defensive effort has been encouraging so far.

Weather like this is becoming commonplace in the northeastern part of the country. Keep an eye on this one, but don't get impatient.

It could be a while before action gets underway between these two squads.