After a pair of close contests, the USC Trojans went to an aerial assault to blowout the Syracuse Orange 38-17 on Saturday night at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Matt Barkley threw for a season-high 324 yards and a career-high tying five touchdowns.
The five touchdowns for Barkley were thrown to five different receivers. Freshman tight end Xavier Grimble caught a touchdown for the second straight game, while fellow freshmen Marqise Lee and Randall Telfer caught their first career scores. Barkley completed 26 of 39 passes on the night.
After a pair of 100-yard games receiving, Robert Woods settled for only 82 yards on eight catches, including his fourth touchdown catch of the year. Woods has 361 yards receiving on 33 catches through three games this season.
Barkley surpassed 300 yards for the second time this season and the sixth time in his career. Barkley passed John David Booty for fifth place on the all-time USC passing yardage list. Booty threw for 6,125 yards at USC, while Barkley is at 6,418 yards and counting after Saturday night's contest.
USC (3-0, 1-0 in the Pac-12) travels to Tempe next Saturday to battle the Arizona State Sun Devils (2-1).