USC play-makers too much for 'Cuse

Syracuse put up a valiant effort at MetLife Stadium on Saturday against USC, but the No. 2 team in the land proved too much for the Orange when it counted most.

It was 21-16 USC over Syracuse late in the third quarter as Syracuse put the ball in the box twice in a 129-second span. Ryan Nassib was dealing and the defense was digging in on the way to forcing a punt on the ensuing drive.

The Orange offense did nothing with the next possession and the ball reached Robert Woods' hands he broke some tackles on the way to a 31-yard return to swing momentum back to the No. 2 team's favor. A few plays later, Matt Barkley hit Xavier Grimble for a 22-yard touchdown - and the crowd of just under 40,000 fans could almost see the wind come out of the Orange's sails as four players missed a tackle on the big target on his way to pay dirt.

Southern Cal would add a pair of scores to Marqise Lee, who ended up with a trio of touchdowns on the afternoon, to pad the lead en route to a 42-29 final score. Woods finished with a pair of TD grabs from Barkley, who tied a school record with a half-dozen passes that ended up in the end zone.

Marcus Sales helped SU hang in as much as he could with over 100 yards and two touchdown grabs of his own, but the visiting receivers were a bit too much as New York's college team fell to 0-2 on the year.

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