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USC defeats Syracuse, but loses starting center

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It wasn’t done in spectacular fashion, but No. 2 USC flew across the country and took care of business against Syracuse, defeating the Orange 42-29 in MetLife Stadium.

Unfortunately for the already-thin Trojans, they couldn’t just get the W and fly back to L.A. without some drama — and we’re not talking weather delays. Midway through the fourth quarter, center Khaled Holmes (pictured, No. 78) suffered what looked like an ankle injury and eventually had to be carted off the field. It’s unclear yet exactly what the injury is or how severe it is.

Injuries have been an issue for USC even before the season started because of the NCAA-imposed 75-scholarship limit. The last thing Lane Kiffin‘s team needs is to begin losing more starters the first month into the season. A captain, Holmes was a preseason mention on watch lists for both the Rimington and Outland Trophies.

We’ll keep you updated the moment we know more on the situation, but this looks like it could be very bad for USC.

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17 Responses to “USC defeats Syracuse, but loses starting center”
  1. mhalt99 says: Sep 8, 2012 8:26 PM

    Captain Scumbag aka Paul Dee, coming back from hell would be bad news for SC (good news for Miami based hookers though).

  2. timh1955 says: Sep 8, 2012 8:39 PM

    Just proves USC is way overrated!

  3. boyshole25 says: Sep 8, 2012 9:02 PM

    Wow su gave them a run wildly overrated

  4. vincentbojackson says: Sep 8, 2012 9:04 PM

    It’s early, but so far USC looks pretty disappointing based on all the preseason hype. 13 point win today, but it seemed much closer than that.

  5. 1trojanlove says: Sep 8, 2012 9:18 PM

    Ya, overrated scoring 49, and 42 points in first two games. Yup we gave up a late touchdown with a minute left to make it look closer! How horribly overrated!

  6. sd1024 says: Sep 8, 2012 9:35 PM

    Shouldnt give up a late touchdown to a supposedly over-matched opponent then..

  7. manchestermiracle says: Sep 8, 2012 9:45 PM

    Over-rated. Right. Because early season polls mean so much.

    Here’s hoping Holmes’ injury isn’t serious, but it sure looked like it was.

    Barkley was inconsistent, again, and the O-line didn’t exactly dominate. Then again, Syracuse is hardly the pushover that other (unnamed) highly-ranked teams like to schedule (at home, of course) for their non-conference games. At least USC has the balls to schedule good (FBS) teams in their own stadiums. Or, in Syracuse’s case, in the stadium of their choosing. I find that preferable to luring patsies into your place and limiting travel to a bare minimum.

    Michigan beat Air Force by 6. At home. Guess that means Alabama’s “big” win last week wasn’t really that meaningful, since Michigan is obviously still over-rated if they remain in the top 20.

    Alabama scored five TDs on W. Kentucky, a team in its 4th year in FBS. Guess that means they’ve been “over-rated” since they couldn’t put up six or seven.

    LSU is up on Washington (another of those crappy Pac-12 teams) by three touchdowns in the 3rd quarter. At home. Shouldn’t all SEC teams, as mighty and unbeatable as they are, be up by at least four or five touchdowns going into the 4th?

    Georgia’s losing to Missouri at the half. Another “over-rated” team?

    Arkansas is in the 4th with a two-touchdown lead over LA-Monroe. LA-Monroe?! The Razorbacks must be another “over-rated” SEC team, right?

    Nebraska’s losing to yet another crappy Pac-12 team, UCLA. How embarrassing.

    Wisconsin lost to Oregon State. No sarcasm, the Badgers really WERE over-rated.

    Kansas State pulverized Miami (FL). Under-rated?

    Notre Dame struggled to beat Purdue and Florida barely nipped Texas A&M.

    What does it all mean? Not very much. Not in the second whole week of the season. Except to show who gets their panties in a wad over certain teams.

  8. timh1955 says: Sep 8, 2012 9:56 PM

    Neither team that USC has played are ranked so the 42 and 49 points mean very little and is nothing to brag about especially when a team like Syracuse scores 29 points. The score shouldn’t be this close when the #2 team in the country is playing a team like Syracuse.

  9. 1trojanlove says: Sep 8, 2012 10:17 PM

    Unbelievable the hate for USC! Nothing is ever good enough for some fans to nic-pic! I am sure if USC won every game 50-0 some people would find a reason to criticize! Oh well, at lest we had the courage to schedule road non-conference games, unlike some other programs! Fight On…

  10. timh1955 says: Sep 8, 2012 10:32 PM

    You mean like Alabama did with Michigan last week?

  11. 1trojanlove says: Sep 8, 2012 10:50 PM

    Neutral field? Like the top 8 teams in the SEC the only team to have a road non conference game is Florida, who plays there rival FSU home and away! FYI, USC has never played a FCS school! All teams in the SEC schools play them every year!

    I was hoping you can tell me what score should USC win by, so that USC isn’t overrated?

    And while the PAC 12 plays a 9 game conference, the SEC plays a 8 game conference schedule? What’s up with that?

  12. cosanostra71 says: Sep 9, 2012 12:39 AM

    I mean USC lost their starting center, had to deal with a major delay and Barkley had a subpar day (he still threw for 6 TDs btw) and they still won and put up 49 points. Not bad. A win is a win is a win in my books

  13. laker4ever says: Sep 9, 2012 12:57 PM

    It’s amazing to me how so many commented both positive and negative about my beloved Trojans but failed to mention that Kiffin is playing a lot of young, inexperienced players in the last two games! We could have run up the score on Hawaii and Syracuse but to what purpose. Lane wants to get as much game experience for the freshmen and sophomores as possible because it will benefit the team in the long run. We are looking at the bigger picture…to finish strong!!!

  14. jcraw4 says: Sep 9, 2012 5:55 PM

    Trojan haters and the south east criminals you really think Michigan was not overrated, Wow I thought the sec had so much knowledge on college football. Did you(sec) happened to notice all the 2nd, 3rd and 4th stringers in on SC’s defense in the 4th quarter. As we Trojans always say anytime, anyplace and any team….we’re still waiting after all these years for Alabama, LSU, Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, Florida State to play USC in a non confrence game…come on you can do it. Remember the schedule is made 5 years ahead, so come on start planing, and Trojans are never carefull what we wish for, we expect it.

    Fight On!!!!

  15. timh1955 says: Sep 9, 2012 7:00 PM

    Don’t you think calling the SEC criminals is like the pot calling the kettle black??? Aren’t you guys still on probation? Maybe Alabama and/or LSU will consider putting you their schedule as a replacement for one of the lower level out of conference teams they play in a few years but as of now they probably don’t want to put a school that is on probation from a weak conference that has a coach like Kiffen. The only good team in your conference is Oregon and as you may know LSU played them last year.

  16. jcraw4 says: Sep 9, 2012 11:33 PM

    Well Oregon is not SC and remember SC beat Oregon on their field. Why is it on B/L report everyday another SE Criminals team member is being arrested. So Cam Newton was a cash for play on Auburn’s team and nothing happened to him. If the BCS is run and founded by the SE criminals, no wonder your teams are allways in the BCS Bowls and especially The Nationl Championship bowl game…it must not be hard for the SEC teams to get their players out of jail for the work release program for weekends…..Shut up and play USC, we’re still waiting…Southern Cal doesn’t mind if have to play in SKIRTS.

    Fight On!!

  17. strcrsd says: Sep 10, 2012 2:02 AM

    It’s kool we have have a great back-up Center in, All-Desert Award Recipient #65 Erick Jepsen.
    He’s more than capable.

    Trojans Fight On!!

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