Trojans crush Orange in nonconference matchup

first_imgDespite trailing for the first time all season following a 23-yard field goal from sophomore kicker Ross Krautman, giving Syracuse an early 3-0 lead, USC responded quickly, scoring 24 unanswered points en route to a 38-17 victory over the Orange.“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.”Brandon Hui | Daily TrojanSyracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib completed eight-of-eight passes for 55 yards on the Orange’s opening drive, culminating in Krautman’s field goal.But the USC offense came to life almost immediately with a 10-play, 66-yard drive that culminated in 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 had 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 were to five different receivers, giving USC in balance outside of sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods.Barkley, however, still looked to his favorite receiver as Woods caught eight passes for 82 yards and a touchdown. The eight receptions gave Woods 33 through three games — the most in a three-game stretch in USC history.Barkley’s 31-yard touchdown pass to Woods extended the USC lead to 14-3 with 10 minutes remaining 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 field goal of the season — a couple minutes before halftime to give USC a 17-3 lead.USC, 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, they were 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.”With 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 at the start of third quarter.Brandon Hui | Daily TrojanFour 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.But just when it appeared USC was going to put the game out of reach, the Orange responded right back. Nassib completed two passes for 37 yards and wide receiver Lemon lofted a 28-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Van Chew.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. But when it seemed Syracuse was poised to make it a one-score ballgame, junior defensive end Wes Horton and senior defensive tackle DaJohn Harris brought down Nassib for an eight-yard loss, ending the Syracuse scoring threat.“I feel like our defense played great,” sophomore cornerback Nickell Robey said. “Our coach has talked about finishing games, and we came out here and finished this.”Two more Barkley touchdown passes — one to freshman wide receiver Marqise Lee and one to tight end Xavier Grimble — finished the scoring for the Trojans, giving USC its highest-scoring total since registering 48 points against Cal last season.last_img read more

New presidential candidate brings youth, financial skills to table – Jagdeo

first_imgWith the election of former Housing and Water Minister Irfaan Ali as the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) presidential candidate, General Secretary (GS) Bharrat Jagdeo has affirmed that he brings a lot to the table.Speaking with the media on Saturday after the election, Jagdeo pointed to the fact that Ali is a youth, who can resonate with voters and the young population that makes up the majority of Guyana’s demographics.“I think Ali is young; he can resonate with young voters. When you talk about youth, we are the party that lives this. I was the President of Guyana at 35 years old. This party here elected me for that. Ali is 38. He is the youngest of the candidates,” Jagdeo said.“He’s had several years as Minister, in one of the largest ministries. He has delivered house lots to people across every single race and every single religion … and thousands of that. He was in charge of water, another big sector, and made a transformational impact in that period.”He noted that any future Government must have delivering goods and services to the peoplPPP’s Presidential Candidate Irfaan Alie at the forefront of the agenda, and added that while the present Government has failed in this regard, Ali’s experience bodes well for this.The General Secretary then cited Ali’s work in charge of the PPP’s West Demerara grassroots network, especially for the last two Local Government Elections and the General and Regional Elections. He also noted that Ali has been the PPP’s Finance Secretary for years.Jagdeo also debunked assertions that the new presidential hopeful would be overshadowed by him owing to his work as General Secretary. Jagdeo reiterated that both he and Ali would have different roles to play and that he had no intention of abdicating his role as General Secretary.“I have a job as General Secretary of the Party. Here, we’ve selected a presidential candidate. My job as GS of the Party is manifold. It’s to grow the Party; I’ve set myself the task of greater inclusion in the Party.”“Number two is to galvanise this party to win power. That’s the role of a General Secretary. The candidate runs for the elections, but my job is to bring people together and work on a campaign strategy. And the campaign strategy is approved by the Party.”Saturday’s election was conducted by way of secret ballot. Immediately prior to the elections, three candidates withdrew from the contest leaving former Attorney General Anil Nandlall and Ali as the two contestants.Following the passage of the no-confidence motion in the National Assembly on December 21, 2018, the PPP began its search for a presidential candidate.The no-confidence motion brought by the parliamentary Opposition against the Government succeeded when Charrandas Persaud, a former Alliance For Change (AFC) parliamentarian, broke ranks and made a conscience vote in favour of the motion.While Ali will represent the PPP as the presidential candidate, media reports on party affairs in A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) suggest that incumbent President David Granger will run for re-election. …cites grassroots work, performance in Housing and Water Ministries as election factorslast_img read more