Friday, November 17, 2017
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Syracuse scores but not enough vs. USC

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Robert Woods went over defensive backs and outmuscled them. He darted and cut through Syracuse, and made a huge play every time Southern California needed to shake free from the Orange.

The All-American receiver was so good, Matt Barkley's school-record six touchdown passes seemed almost pedestrian.

Woods had 200 all-purpose yards and two scores, helping No. 2 USC (2-0) come away from a rare trip to the Northeast with a 42-29 victory against the Orange on Saturday.

But the Trojans were choppy at times, and Syracuse's hurry-up offense kept them working hard for four quarters at MetLife Stadium, the home of the Giants and Jets. The Orange plans more games there in an attempt to become nearby New York City's team.

Led by Ryan Nassib, Syracuse (0-2) 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.

"That's the No. 2 team in the nation," Syracuse receiver Alec Lemon said. "We put up a great fight against them."

NORTH CAROLINA ST. 10, CONNECTICUT 7: David Amerson got redemption after being burned deep a couple of times in North Carolina State's opening loss to Tennessee with an interception and a fourth-down deflection for the visiting Wolfpack. The interception was the 14th of the All-American's career.

Mike Glennon and UConn quarterback Chandler Whitmer each threw for 204 yards. But Whitmer had three passes intercepted.

Lyle McCombs' 5-yard touchdown run pulled UConn within 10-7 with 7 minutes left. Whitmer moved the Huskies from their 27 to the 46 before being sacked by linebacker Brian Slay then having Amerson knock down the fourth-down pass.

"It's very frustrating," Whitmer said. "Our defense played great, and we need to take advantage of that as an offense and make plays for them. We need to bring up our level of play on offense."

NO. 23 LOUISVILLE 35, MISSOURI ST. 7: Teddy Bridgewater passed for a career-high 344 yards and two touchdowns for the host Cardinals, who cruised past their Division I-AA foe. Coming off of a 19-of-21 effort against Kentucky, Bridgewater completed 30 of 39, and seven of his 10 targets had at least three catches. Tight ends Nate Nord and Ryan Hubbell caught TDs as the Cardinals totaled 475 yards, eight more than last week. Missouri State gained just 222 yards with its lone touchdown of the season coming late in the first half.

MARYLAND 36, TEMPLE 27: Freshman Perry Hills threw for two touchdowns and ran for one to help the visiting Terrapins hold on. Embarrassed by the Owls in a 31-point loss last season, Maryland nearly blew a 23-point halftime lead. The Owls, in the first season of their return to the Big East, erased most of a 26-3 deficit. With Maryland's lead down to 29-27, Hills hit Stefon Diggs on a 38-yard reception with Diggs making the catch falling out of bounds at the 12. That set up Justus Pickett's 6-yard TD run as Maryland matched its win total from last season. The teams combined for nine fumbles — six lost.

RUTGERS 26, HOWARD 0: Gary Nova threw two touchdowns to Brandon Coleman and Rutgers allowed 149 yards as Kyle Flood won his first home game as Scarlet Knights' coach. I-AA Howard had a chance to lead after Julien David intercepted Nova on the first series. But William Parker fumbled a third-down pitch at the Rutgers 2 and defensive tackle Scott Vallone recovered.

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