Grades: USC-Syracuse*


Matt Barkley was quite good, throwing for five scores and no picks. But other than Robert Woods, nobody really stood out in Saturday's game. And Woods wasn't at his best in the second half, collecting only 12 yards on two catches in the final 30 minutes.


What in the world happened here? When your leading rusher at halftime is a receiver, you know your run game's in trouble. Marc Tyler couldn't get going at all in his first 2011 start and no other backs got legitimate chances to carry the ball.


There were, once again, serious issues with the Trojans' offensive line Saturday. Matt Kalil wasn't as dominant as he had been earlier this year, and left guard was a big problem spot with Marcus Martin and Jeremy Galten. The defensive line had a superb second half.


Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib was able to piece together a nice game without a turnover until late, but the Trojans made the Orange run game almost as nonexistent as their own. Freshmen outside linebackers Hayes Pullard and Dion Bailey consistently played like stars.


Andre Heidari missed his only field-goal attempt of the night, but punter Kyle Negrete rebounded to have a much better game after a subpar Week 2. He averaged 41.5 yards per punt. Running back Curtis McNeal had an impressive tackle on the kickoff team.

*Correction: Heidari was 1 for 2 on field-goal attempts.


Trojans coach Lane Kiffin didn't attempt a two-point conversion, which had to please some Trojan fans. But you have to question why he showed so little loyalty to his running backs, not allowing McNeal, Dillon Baxter or D.J. Morgan to get involved until late.