|Date of game: 10/20/2012
Recap: USC vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Matt Barkley had a near flawless game as he set a couple records thanks to a 19-for-20 game for 298 yards and six touchdowns to lead 11th-ranked Southern California in a 50-6 rout of Colorado.
Barkley set a new record for most touchdown passes at the school and Pac-12 conference as he now has 102 in his career. He passed the 99-touchdown mark of former USC star Matt Leinart and also broke Rick Neuheisel's conference record for completion percentage in a game with at least 20 passes.
"It's a special day, it really is," said Barkley. "To be mentioned in the same breath as Matt (Leinart) to get a special thanks from him, it really means a lot."
Robert Woods caught four of those touchdown passes, a single-game record for the school, and finished the game with eight catches for 132 yards, while Marqise Lee, Xavier Grimble and D.J. Morgan had one touchdown catch each for the Trojans (6-1, 4-1 Pac-12), who have won four straight since a loss to Stanford.
Jordan Webb was picked off three times and went just 18-of-35 for 210 yards for the Buffaloes (1-6, 1-3), who have dropped their past three games.
Southern California led this game from its first touch as the second play saw Barkley and Lee hook up on a 55-yard score for a 7-0 lead less than a minute in.
Drew McAllister picked off Webb on Colorado's touch and Barkley and Woods got together four plays later on a 39-yard score. The extra point was missed and it was a 13-0 game with just under 10 minutes to play in the first.
Another Buffalo turnover, this one a fumble, saw Barkley hit Grimble for an 8- yard score for a 19-0 lead after a two-point attempt failed.
Colorado was finally able to hold on to the ball and moved it 65 yards over 15 plays, but had to settle for a 27-yard field goal from Will Oliver to make it a 19-3 contest.
It was USC's turn to fumble the ball as Barkley lost the ball on a sack and Colorado recovered at the USC 42. The team was unable to take full advantage of the opportunity, though, and got another field goal from Oliver, this one from 37 yards for a 19-6 game.
USC answered on its next touch as a 37-yard kick return from Nelson Agholor got the ball near midfield. Five plays later, Barkley hit Woods for a 29-yard score and a 26-6 lead.
Colorado punted from near midfield and the Trojans started at their own 20. Seven plays later, Barkley threw his fifth touchdown pass of the game and third to Woods with a 17-yard strike for a 33-6 advantage with just under seven minutes left in the first half.
It was more turnovers for the Buffaloes in the third quarter as Webb was picked off by Tony Burnett and that led to Barkley and Woods connecting on a 3-yard score.
With the backups playing the fourth quarter, USC added 10 more points on a 24- yard TD catch by Morgan from Max Wittek and a 37-yard field goal by Andre Heidari.Game Notes
Woods also passed Dwayne Jarrett on USC's career receptions list as his third
touchdown grab was the 217th of his career ... Colorado dominated time of
possessions as the team controlled the ball for 37:10 ...USC gained 458
yards compared to 351 for Colorado ... Lee posted six catches for 103 yards
... USC has won all seven games between the two schools.