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.