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USC coach Lane Kiffin and QB Matt Barkley combined for a record five TD passes, each to a different receiver, against Syracuse's good secondary
Score: USC 38, Syracuse 17
QB Matt Barkley tied a school-record five TDs to different receivers for 324 yards, and the undefeated Trojans (3-0) beat a previously undefeated Syracuse Orange (2-1). This was a more complete game than the first two Trojan wins due to fewer mistakes by inexperienced players.
Barkley has 892 yards, nine TDs and one INT in three games with 69 percent completions.
Robert Woods was again the leading receiver with eight catches for 82 yards and one TD. He has 33 receptions in three games breaking the Trojan record set by Keyshawn Johnson in 1995. Seven other receivers caught passes as USC took advantage of the double and triple teaming of Woods.
The Trojans were limited to six yards rushing in the first half because the Orange filled the box to prevent the run, but the USC OL wore down the Syracuse DL and ended up with 175 yards. RB Curtis McNeal had 80 yards in five carries in the fourth quarter.
The USC offense generated 501 yards while the defense limited Syracuse to 331 yards and only 73 yards rushing.
Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib completed his first 11 passes but only generated three points. He was 14 of 26 for the rest of the game. He was pressured most of the game by the Trojan defense but he played very well avoiding the rush, passing quickly and scrambling while being sacked only three times.
USC is now AP No. 23 in the Week 4 poll.
The Trojans travel to Tempe for the South Division showdown with Arizona State. The winner will likely be the champ. This may be a very close game.