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College football: Record-setting day at the Coliseum

Barkley, Woods set school highs for career touchdown passes, receptions, respectiv

Posted: October 21, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: October 21, 2012 2:00 a.m.

USC wide receiver Marqise Lee (9) runs the ball as Colorado defensive back Terrel Smith trails on Saturday at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. USC won 50-6.

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LOS ANGELES — Matt Barkley and Robert Woods, welcome to the USC record books.

To USC’s offense, welcome back.

A week after being questioned for an uncharacteristic low offensive output in a win over Washington, the Trojans answered emphatically, displaying the type of high-flying, big-play ability that they’re expected to play.

Barkley and Woods both set records, Barkley’s for most career touchdown passes in school and conference history, and Woods’ for most receptions in USC history, early on in a 50-6 rout of Colorado on Saturday in USC’s first game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum since Sept. 22.

“I think that rhythm that we got into, that faster pace, worked for us, and so regardless of whether we do it next week, I think that did set a good pace for us,” said Barkley, who went 19-of-20 for 298 yards and six touchdown passes on his way to becoming the all-time career leader in touchdown passes in the history of the Pac-12.

Coming into the day, Barkley, a fourth-year starting quarterback, needed four touchdowns to break former Trojan Matt Leinart’s Pac-12 career record for scoring passes.

It only took until the 12:15 mark of the second quarter to get there, as Barkley found Woods, a junior wide receiver, down the right sideline for a 29-yard score.

Barkley’s 100th career touchdown put USC (6-1 overall, 4-1 Pac-12) up 26-6, and the celebration ensued.

Afterward, the video board in the stadium played congratulatory videos from Leinart himself, who stood alongside fellow USC alumnus Carson Palmer. Both now play for the Oakland Raiders.

For Barkley, he’s just happy to be wearing a Cardinal and Gold uniform.

“It’s something I did dream of as a kid, not the records, I didn’t even think about those. I didn’t even know what those were,” the senior said. “But being able to live those dreams out as a senior and it’s something cool and I never really thought would happen, but I’m trying to soak it up.”

On USC’s next drive, it was Woods’ turn to soak in the glory.

The junior dove for a 17-yard touchdown thrown by Barkley to set the halftime score at 33-6 with 6:52 to play in the second.

Woods’ catch, his fifth of the day, put him alone as the all-time receptions leader in school history, topping Dwayne Jarrett’s mark of 216 career grabs.

A similar round of congratulatory videos followed, including former Trojans receiver Keyshawn Johnson, former USC head coach Pete Carroll and a few other L.A. sports stars like Blake Griffin and Luc Robitaille.

“I grew up watching all those receivers,” Woods said of his predecessors at USC. “Ever since I understood USC football, growing up and seeing them play, as I accomplished what I did today, I don’t see myself above them, I just see myself being a part of them as an elite group.”

Barkley is now at 102 career touchdown passes and Woods is at 220 catches after hauling in a school-record four touchdowns on eight catches for 132 yards.

Barkley tossed his final touchdown of the game on a 3-yard play to Woods early in the third quarter to boost the lead to 40-6. The senior quarterback didn’t play another snap after that.

From the get-go, Colorado showed the ability to get down the field and convert on third downs, but the Trojans came up with enough plays, whether key stops or turnovers, to avoid a letdown at home.

“I thought we moved it well all game,” said Colorado head coach Jon Embree. “Obviously we had six turnovers, four in the red zone. You can’t do it. We’re not good enough, especially against a team like this.”

Drew McAllister picked off Buffaloes quarterback Jordan Webb and later recovered a fumble by Colorado tailback Christian Powell.

The Trojan defense forced six turnovers and surrendered only six points on a pair of first-half field goals by Will Oliver.

Webb completed 18-of-35 passes for 210 yards, but threw three interceptions.

Neither team found much consistency in the running game. USC’s D.J. Morgan led all rushers with 62 yards on 10 carries, while Powell led Colorado with 57 yards on 14 tries.

 

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