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USC wide receiver Marqise Lee warmed up without any issues before the Sun Bowl for today's 11 a.m. game broadcast on Channel 2. Lee left practice early Saturday but returned punts and ran pass routes during Sun Bowl warmups.

The wind was a bigger issue for USC (7-5) and Georgia Tech (6-7) before the game and clearly affected punts. Weather forecasts predicted gusts up to 40 mph.

USC is going for its first Sun Bowl victory after losing in 1990 and 1998. Georgia Tech is 1-1 and lost to Utah last year.

USC quarterback Max Wittek is starting his second game in place of Matt Barkley, who is out with a sprained shoulder.

Southern California tight end Xavier Grimble (86) catches a pass while defended by Georgia Tech defensive back Louis Young during the Sun Bowl NCAA college
Southern California tight end Xavier Grimble (86) catches a pass while defended by Georgia Tech defensive back Louis Young during the Sun Bowl NCAA college football game Monday in El Paso, Texas. (Mark Lambie/AP Photo)

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Georgia Tech 7, USC 0.

Drive: 14 plays, 74 yards. Georgia Tech quarterback Vad Lee throws a 3-yard touchdown pass to David Sims.The Yellow Jackets had the ball for nearly seven minutes and caught the Trojans off guard with a couple pass plays.

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USC 7, Georgia Tech 7. 49 seconds left in first half.

Drive: 8 plays, 59 yards. The Trojans finally score despite some iffy passes from quarterback Max Wittek. But he finds Robert Woods open over the middle for 23 yards and Silas Redd catches and juggles a 9-yard pass before diving into the end zone.

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Georgia Tech 14, USC 7

Drive: 2 plays, 1 yard. 12:23 left in third quarter. Kyle Negrete's low line-drive punt is scooped up by Jamal Golden and he runs 57 yards through the coverage down to the USC 1-yard line. Quarterback Tevin Washington scores two plays later and the Yellow Jackets are back on top.

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Georgia Tech 21, USC 7

Drive: 9 plays, 62 yards, 13:11 left in fourth quarter Quarterback Tevin Washington rolls out and finds tailback Orwin Smith in the flat, who is then completely missed by cornerback Nickell Robey, which allows Smith to go into the end zone on third-and-17. Hard to see Trojans making up deficit with only 4 first downs.

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