What did Barkley do during the delay?
"I put my feet up. Put my headphones on," he said.
It wasn't the best day by any means for USC's vaunted offense, but when in doubt, the Trojans could simply put the ball in the hands of one of their star receivers and get what they needed.
The best example came early in the third quarter on third-and-12 at the Orange 22. Barkley fired a quick screen left to Woods, who had lots of traffic in front of him. So he cut toward the middle, then raced across field before turning it up and away from the Syracuse defenders, diving for a first down.
A 12-yard gain hardly ever looked better.
A few plays later, Barkley zipped a pass to Woods to make it 21-3.
Syracuse responded with two touchdowns and just like that the 26-point underdog had the USC fans worried — at least a little, and not for very long.
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