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USC vs. S.C. State: Thumbs up, thumbs down

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The best band in the land rocked Williams-Brice with a Michael Jackson medley. How did they do that thing where they all leaned - MJ video-style - in unison? Amazing.

Moe Brown

The senior receiver staked his claim as Stephen Garcia's go-to guy with six catches for 100 yards and touchdowns of 40 and 9 yards. He also ran a reverse for 21 yards.

Eric Norwood

This guy is a permanent fixture in the thumbs-up spot. He does something special every time out. This game he blocked a field goal and intercepted a pass.

First touchdowns

Three USC freshmen experienced the first scoring plays of their careers. Running back Kenny Miles ripped off a 22-yard touchdown run in the third quarter, and quarterback Reid McCollum hooked up with Alshon Jeffery for a 20-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.

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An electrical outage in the stadium left viewers of ESPN Classic without first-half coverage of the game, prompting a flurry of Facebook postings decrying the Worldwide Leader - even though it wasn't the network's fault.