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first_imgFor the first time all season, the Trojans trailed.Record tying · Junior quarterback Matt Barkley (above) tossed five touchdown passes in the Trojans’ 38-17 win over unranked Syracuse, tying a school single-game record. He had thrown for five touchdowns in a game twice before — against Hawaii and California last season. – Brandon Hui | Daily TrojanIt didn’t matter, however, as USC (3-0, 1-0) scored 24 unanswered points en route to a 38-17 victory over Syracuse.“It is really nice to get a win like the old days,” USC coach Lane Kiffin said. “We are really pleased to get to 3-0 this week. Our guys fought all night long for us and I’m really proud of that.”On Syracuse’s (2-1) opening drive, quarterback Ryan Nassib completed 8-of-8 passes for 55 yards, which culminated in a Ross Krautman 21-yard field goal.But the USC offense responded quickly, reeling off 17 consecutive points heading into halftime.The Trojans responded with a 10-play, 66-yard drive on junior quarterback Matt Barkley’s five-yard touchdown pass to senior fullback Rhett Ellison. Barkley completed five passes to three different receivers for 57 yards on USC’s first possession.Barkley finished 26-of-39 for 324 yards and five touchdown passes, which tied a USC single-game record. Barkley also achieved the feat against Hawaii and California last year.“I didn’t notice until I looked up at the board late in the game,” Barkley said. “I think that was because of how we spread the ball around tonight. We had a full game on offense and everyone pitched in. It feels good and we needed this.”Barkley’s five touchdown passes gave USC balance and other options in the passing game outside of sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods.Brandon Hui | Daily TrojanBarkley, however, still looked to his favorite receiver as Woods caught eight passes for 82 yards and a touchdown. The eight receptions gave Woods 33 receptions through three games, which is the most in a three-game stretch in USC history.His 31-yard touchdown pass to Woods extended the USC lead to 14-3 with 10 minutes in the second quarter.After the USC defense forced a Syracuse three-and-out, freshman kicker Andre Heidari nailed a 26-yard field goal — his second of the season — minutes before halftime to give USC a 17-3 lead.The USC defense, which struggled to stop opponents on third-down conversions last season, allowed the Orange to convert on 4-of-5 third-down opportunities in the first quarter. In the second quarter, however, the Orange was 0-of-5.Nassib, who started 11-of-11 for 74 yards in the first quarter, was just 2-of-10 in the second quarter for 12 yards.The USC defense also limited the Syracuse offense to just 34 total yards in the second quarter.“This was a big night for us on defense,” senior linebacker Chris Galippo said. “The first two weeks we gave up too many big plays and big drives. Tonight, we were able to avoid that.”Brandon Hui | Daily TrojanWith a comfortable lead going into the second half — much like the previous two games against Minnesota and Utah — the USC offense wasted no time getting on the scoreboard.Four plays and 64 yards later, the Trojans extended their lead to 24-3 after Barkley’s 44-yard touchdown pass to redshirt freshman tight end Randall Telfer. The touchdown was the first of Telfer’s career.The Orange responded right back, however, as Nassib completed two passes for 37 yards and wide receiver Lemon lofted a 28-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Van Chew.In the previous two games against Minnesota and Utah, it seemed as if USC would let another opponent make it another close ballgame.Syracuse seemed re-energized with the score, forcing USC into a quick three-and-out. A Nassib completion for 33 yards to tight end Nick Provo put the Orange at the Trojans’ 37-yard line.Syracuse was poised to make it a one-score ballgame but junior defensive end Wes Horton and senior defensive tackle DaJohn Harris brought down Nassib for an eight-yard loss, ending the Orange scoring threat.“I feel like our defense played great,” said sophomore cornerback Nickell Robey. “Our coach has talked about finishing games, and we came out here and finished this.”Brandon Hui | Daily TrojanTwo more Barkley touchdown passes — a 43-yard pass to freshman wide receiver Marqise Lee and a nine-yard strike to tight end Xavier Grimble — finished the scoring for the Trojans, giving USC its highest-scoring total since registering 48 points against California last season.“Telfer, Grimble and Lee all came up big for us tonight,” Kiffin said. “I’m proud of the improvement they showed. Guys are going to make mistakes starting out for them, so for them to contribute for us tonight really gives us something to build on.”USC travels to Tempe, Ariz. next weekend, Sept. 24, to face Arizona State. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.The Sun Devils (2-1) are coming off a 17-14 loss to Illinois. They are led by junior quarterback Ross Osweiler, who has thrown for 871 yards and six touchdowns through three games this season.last_img read more


first_img GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Related Articles Share GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Submit Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Share StumbleUpon GVC has agreed to sell its payments processing business Kalixa Group to Singapore-based global payments operator Senjō Group for a total consideration of €29.0 million payable in cash on completion.Prior to completion, an amount equal to the free cash (over and above €2.1 million) in the Kalixa Group will be retained by GVC by way of dividend. The sale proceeds will be applied towards reducing GVC’s net debt, while the sale and run-down of Kalixa Pay will have a neutral effect on the group’s EBITDA.The sale does not include the wallet business currently operated by Kalixa Pay Limited, a subsidiary within the Kalixa Group, which will be closed by GVC post-completion. It is subject to domestic and international regulatory approval, but is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2017.Kenneth Alexander, GVC Holdings CEO, said: “We are pleased to announce the sale of Kalixa in line with our plans announced earlier in the year. Post-sale Kalixa will continue to process payments for us and our customers, but now with the opportunity to build a larger payment services business under new ownership which has payments as a core activity.”GVC Holdings PLC had announced its intention to sell the payments processing business as part of its interim financial statement on September 20.The Kalixa Group provides card acceptance acquiring, aggregation, and payment processing services to corporate companies. The Kalixa Group will continue to provide payment processing services to GVC post-completion under an existing contract.For the year ended 31 December 2015, the Kalixa Group generated revenue of €22.7 million and a loss before interest and tax of €7.0 million. As at 30 September 2016, the Kalixa Group had gross assets of €80.7 million, and a net book value of €41.9 million which included €19.2 million of intangible assets.last_img read more

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