EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Matt Barkley threw a career-best six touchdown passes, and Robert Woods was spectacular with 200 all-purpose yards and two scores, to help No. 2 Southern California shake free of Syracuse 42-29 on Saturday.
The rare trip to the northeast for the Trojans was choppy at times, and Syracuse's hurry-up offense kept USC working hard for four quarters at MetLife Stadium.
Ryan Nassib and Syracuse's hurry-up offense kept things close with consecutive touchdowns in the third quarter to make it 21-16 heading into the fourth.
Nassib finished with 322 yards passing, two touchdown passes and a touchdown run. But the Orange simply had no answer for Woods.
The All-American reached over a defender for a 29-yard score in the second quarter and boxed out a defensive back on a 4-yard touchdown in the third. He finished with 10 catches for 93 yards.