In a gridiron version of Masters and Johnson's "footballus interruptus," the Trojans escaped MetLife stadium in New York with a win, albeit of the unsatisfactory variety.
After an hour-long delay at halftime to allow inclement weather to pass, the Trojans finished off Syracuse with a sloppy and very costly 42-29 victory.
Along the way, USC revealed that they still have a long way to go if they want to be included in the national championship hunt.
For a team with title aspirations, the Trojans still have a lot to work on, although some credit must go to the improving Orange.
After a coast-to-coast road win, was there anything of value to be taken from this game?
Yes, but only of marginal benefit to the cardinal and gold; the rest is worrisome.
Here's what we learned from this odd game...