Halftime Analysis: USC 14, Syracuse 3

USC traveled cross-country to face Syracuse in East Rutherford, N.J. The Trojan were sluggish early before Matt Barkley hooked up with Marqise Lee to open the scoring early in the second quarter.

Stat of Half: Time of possession. The Trojans basically have a two-to-one edge so far in the game -- 19:04 to 10:56. They’ve been in control of the game from the start but the score doesn’t indicate how one-sided the game has been. USC has a 230-129 edge in total offense and has been getting good pressure on Orange quarterback Ryan Nassib.

Player of Half: Curtis McNeal. The Trojans were stagnant early on offense until McNeal put together three good runs in a row – including runs of 16 and 22 yards - to get the ball at the Syracuse 13-yard line. From there, Matt Barkley hit Marqise Lee for the opening score of the game. USC has 118 rushing yards, Syracuse has 46.

What’s working: Special teams. Kyle Negrete has punted twice, both punts ended up inside the Syracuse 20-yard line and one punt traveled 65 yards for a huge change in field position. Freshman walk-on kicker Alex Wood has made both extra points in relief of the injured Andre Heidari. Tony Burnett had a nice hit in punt coverage.