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Saturday, September 17, 2011
Final: USC 38, Syracuse 17

By Ted Miller

Is Matt Barkley a Heisman Trophy candidate?

Barkley completed 26 of 39 passes for 324 yards with five TDs and no interceptions as USC put together a solid four-quarter effort in a 38-17 crushing of Syracuse.

Barkley has nine TD passes and one interception in the Trojans' 3-0 start.

The Trojans figure to face a more substantial test in their first road game at Arizona State next weekend, a big Pac-12 South Division contest, considering USC already beat Utah.

Of course, USC can't play in the Pac-12 title game. But it can win the South Division.

Syracuse rushed for just 73 yards.