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Syracuse’s Marrone still upbeat despite 0-2 start

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Say this about Syracuse — at least the Orange are consistent.

Two games — and two losses into the season — they've allowed 84 points. That's 42 each to Northwestern and No. 2 Southern California.

In losing two games — 42-41 and 42-29 — Syracuse has been outscored 35-16 in the first half, won the third quarter 27-21, and lost the fourth 28-27.

Still, much to the surprise of most, the Orange were in the game against the Trojans heading to the fourth quarter Saturday at rain swept MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

The Trojans pulled away late behind their NFL-bound stars. All-American receiver Robert Woods had 200 all-purpose yards and two scores. Matt Barkley threw for six touchdowns, the most by an opponent against the Orange since they began playing the game in 1889. And wideout Marqise Lee caught 11 passes and had three touchdowns.