Boxscore
Southern California 42, Syracuse 29
Saturday, September 8, 2012 3:30 PM
Location - MetLife Stadium
Attendance - 39507

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Southern California 0 14 7 21 42
Syracuse 0 3 13 13 29

Recap


No. 2 Southern California 42, Syracuse 29: Matt Barkley celebrated his 22nd birthday with a school-record tying six touchdown passes and No. 2 USC rode its big-play offense to fend off upset-minded Syracuse in the inaugural New York's College Classic in East Rutherford, N.J.

Robert Woods had a monster game for the Trojans (2-0), hauling in 10 receptions for 93 yards and two touchdowns and setting up a pair of fourth-quarter scores to break the game open.

Fellow wideout Marqise Lee was equally superb with 11 catches for 66 yards and three touchdowns as USC routed the Orange for the second-consecutive season.

The Trojans had to overcome a 69-minute weather delay at the start of the second half and a gritty effort by Syracuse (0-2), which scored twice in a span of just over two minutes late in the third quarter to get within 21-16.

Orange quarterback Ryan Nassib finished 30 of 46 for 322 yards with two touchdowns, both to Marcus Sales, and two interceptions. Sales had eight catches for 104 yards and his second touchdown cut the deficit to 35-22 with over seven minutes left.

After Nassib directed a pair of scoring drives to cut a 21-3 deficit to five points in the third quarter, the Trojans provided an emphatic response.

Woods returned a punt 31 yards to set up Barkley's 22-yard scoring pass to tight end Xavier Grimble and then raced 76 yards on an end around, leading to a 4-yard pass to Lee and a 35-16 lead with 11:38 to play.

Barkley threw for only 187 yards on 23-of-30 passing but he needed only a combined 3 minutes, 22 seconds to produce the Trojans' final three touchdowns.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Barkley became the only USC QB to throw for six TDs on three occasions. ... Trojans K Andre Heidari missed part of last week's game with a knee injury and did not accompany the team to New Jersey. ... Syracuse senior WR Alec Lemon received medical clearance Friday to play in the game. Lemon, who set a school record with 68 catches last season, sat out the season opener due to a lower body injury. ... New York Jets QB Mark Sanchez was on USC's sideline to watch his alma mater. ... Nassib moved into second place on the school's career list with his 549th completion in the final minute of the first half.

SCORING
Scoring Summary
2nd Quarter - 12:15
Southern California   TD  Syracuse 0 - Southern California 7
2nd Quarter - 1:15
Southern California   TD  Syracuse 0 - Southern California 14
2nd Quarter - 0:00
Syracuse   FG  Syracuse 3 - Southern California 14
3rd Quarter - 10:24
Southern California   TD  Syracuse 3 - Southern California 21
3rd Quarter - 5:51
Syracuse   TD  Syracuse 10 - Southern California 21
3rd Quarter - 3:42
Syracuse   TD  Syracuse 16 - Southern California 21
4th Quarter - 14:26
Southern California   TD  Syracuse 16 - Southern California 28
4th Quarter - 11:38
Southern California   TD  Syracuse 16 - Southern California 35
4th Quarter - 7:36
Syracuse   TD  Syracuse 22 - Southern California 35
4th Quarter - 5:45
Southern California   TD  Syracuse 22 - Southern California 42
4th Quarter - 1:17
Syracuse   TD  Syracuse 29 - Southern California 42
TEAMS

Team Records

  Southern California Syracuse
W/L 2 - 0 - 0 0 - 2 - 0
Conference 0 - 0 - 0 0 - 0 - 0

Team Stats

  Southern California Syracuse
Score 42 29
First Downs 17 27
3rd Down Efficiency 6-for-12
50%
8-for-17
47%
4th Down Efficiency 1-for-3
33%
2-for-2
100%
Total Yards 445 455
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 33-258 41-133
Average/Rush 7.8 3.2
Passing
Comp-Att 23-30 30-46
Passing Yards 187 322
Average/Pass Play 5.8 6.7
Penalties-Yards 12-82 5-40
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-0
Interceptions Thrown 1 2
Time of Possession 30:46 29:14

PLAYER STATS

Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
M. Barkley 23/30 187 6 1
Syracuse (0 - 2)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
R. Nassib 30/46 322 2 2
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
S. Redd 15 107 7.1 0
R. Woods 1 76 76.0 0
C. McNeal 11 63 5.7 0
M. Lee 1 23 23.0 0
J. Allen 2 6 3.0 0
S. Vainuku 1 0 0.0 0
M. Barkley 2 -17 -8.5 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
P. Gulley 9 56 6.2 1
J. Smith 16 46 2.9 0
A. Brolyd 7 24 3.4 0
C. Cutler 1 5 5.0 0
R. Nassib 7 2 0.3 1
M. Sales 1 0 0.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
R. Woods 10 93 9.3 2
M. Lee 11 66 6.0 3
X. Grimble 1 22 22.0 1
S. Vainuku 1 6 6.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
M. Sales 8 104 13.0 2
J. West 6 94 15.7 0
A. Lemon 5 34 6.8 0
B. Wales 3 30 10.0 0
J. Smith 3 24 8.0 0
J. Kobena 1 22 22.0 0
P. Gulley 2 7 3.5 0
C. Cutler 2 7 3.5 0
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