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USC Vs. Syracuse: Matt Barkley Leads Trojans To 14-3 Lead

USC goes into halftime leading Syracuse 14-3 as Matt Barkley has found his form and the school's pair of 1,000 yard rushers have started to find their footing. Syracuse's prolific passer has been kept in check, as early game jet lag has been shrugged off in favor of quality form.

Matt Barkley and Marquise Lee continue to steal the show, combining for USC's first touchdown of the day. A 45 yard drive from inside Syracuse territory, USC finally started stringing some plays together culminating in a 13 yard touchdown pass on a slant over the middle. Lee has one rush for 23 yards and seven catches for 54 yards, while Barkley's piled up a mere 112 yards passing with two TD passes.

That series seemed to shake the rust off Matt Barkley, as he was able to hit Robert Woods running a streak down the right sideline for his second touchdown pass of the day just before halftime. The 29 yard reception pulled Woods to 52 yards on the half.

Things are even starting to heat up for the Trojan running backs. Curtis McNeal finally broke a long one, a 22 yard rush that puts him at 55 yards on the day. Silas Redd has compiled 46 as the pair have combined for 17 rushes; three more than they combined for on the game against Hawaii. The two are doing their best to prove to other teams that USC is not overly reliant on the pass.