EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It was going to be difficult enough for the Syracuse Orange.
But the Orange, for whatever reason, decided here Saturday to make the task even more difficult. USC players and coaches said the Syracuse defensive backs specifically called out the talented receivers during pregame warm-ups, taunting Lee and Woods with profanity and vulgarity.
Uh, bad idea.
"We heard that and said, 'Oh, that's how it's going to be?'" one Trojan said. "We wanted to come in here and have a nice game, but, oh, OK."
That's about how the game, a 42-29 Trojans win, played out. USC had a rather uneven performance, something you might expect inside a giant, quarter-filled NFL stadium for a West Coast team playing an East Coast nonconference game. (Not to mention severe weather that delayed the start of the second half for about an hour.) But the ability of Lee and Woods to lead the Trojans' offense out of a lull, and how Lane Kiffin uses them to enhance the run game, stood out among the things I learned in Week 2.
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