Southern California Trojans
Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (93,607/Natural Grass)
Los Angeles, Calif.
FX — Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Tim Brewster
WTKW-FM 99.5 (flagship)
Syracuse and USC meet for just the third time Saturday … The Trojans have won both previous meetings — a 16-0 decision Dec. 6, 1924 at the Coliseum and a 34-16 win Aug. 31, 1990 at Giants Stadium in the Kickoff Classic … USC’s quarterback in the 1990 game was Todd Marinovich, the older brother of Syracuse DE Mikhail Marinovich … Todd Marinovich threw for 337 yards and three touchdowns against Syracuse in that game.
Doug Marrone (Syracuse ’91)
14-13, third season
Syracuse has had to work for its 2-0 start as the Orange have scored season-opening wins against Wake Forest (36-29 in overtime) and Rhode Island (21-14) … Syracuse scored the last 22 points of the win against Wake Forest, overcoming a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit … The Orange were tied with Rhode Island into the fourth quarter before getting the winning touchdown midway through the period … Syracuse is 2-0 for the first time since 1999 … The Orange have averaged 326.5 yards per game and have allowed an average of 336.0 yards … Syracuse has outscored its opponents by a 22-3 margin in the fourth quarter … QB Ryan Nassib has completed 75.4 percent of his passes (49 of 65) for 496 yards and six touchdowns with one interception … WR Alec Lemon has 17 catches for 146 yards and a touchdown, while WR Van Chew has 12 receptions for 194 yards and two TDs … RB Antwon Bailey has been the primary back and has 157 rushing yards and two touchdowns … S Shamarko Thomas has a team-high 16 tackles … LB Dyshawn Davis leads the team with two sacks, while S Phillip Thomas has a team-high two interceptions and three passes defended.
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Lane Kiffin (Fresno State ’97)
10-5, second season at USC
17-11, third season as collegiate head coach
USC is 2-0 after the Trojans were 23-14 winners against Utah in their Pac-12 opener … The teams left the field believing the final score to be 17-14, but a review of the final play of the game — a 68-yard blocked field goal return for a touchdown — amended the score two hours after the final gun … The Trojans opened with a 19-17 win against Minnesota … QB Matt Barkley has completed 70.1 percent of his passes, going 54-for-77 for 568 yards and four touchdowns with one interception in two games … RB Marc Tyler returned from a team-imposed suspension to rush for 113 yards on 24 carries in the win against Utah … WR Robert Woods is averaging 139.5 receiving yards per game, with 25 catches for 279 yards and three touchdowns … The defense has been led by LB Hayes Pullard, who has 16 tackles, 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss … DE Nick Perry has a team-high two sacks, while CB Torin Harris has the Trojans’ lone interception … USC’s special teams registered seven blocked kicks last season and already has two blocks in 2011.