Instant analysis: USC 50, Colorado 6
October, 20, 2012
By Garry Paskwietz | ESPN.com
The USC Trojans came into Saturday's game looking for a spark, something to kickstart the second half of their season. With a 50-6 victory over Colorado, they might have gotten their wish.
It was over when: The teams got off the buses at the stadium. Well, maybe not literally, but close to it. The Trojans scored a touchdown on the second play from scrimmage and had three touchdowns on the board before the game was six minutes old. USC dominated from start to finish against the struggling Buffaloes and gave the home crowd multiple record-breaking offensive performances to enjoy.
Game ball goes to: Matt Barkley. The USC signal-caller had a game for the ages by completing 19 of 20 passes (his only miss was a dropped ball) for 298 yards and six touchdowns. His completion percentage (95 percent) set a Pac-12 record, and his touchdowns gave him 102 for his career, which broke the school record held by former USC quarterback Matt Leinart. It was the type of performance which should put Barkley back in the discussion for the Heisman Trophy with several high-profile games left on the schedule to make his case.
Stats of game: First downs and time of possession. The Buffaloes had 25 first downs compared to 22 for the Trojans and held the ball for 37:10 compared to 22:50 for USC. Needless to say, those stats didn't lead to on-field results, as six Colorado turnovers resulted in the Buffs mustering only only six points on two field goals.
Record performance: Barkley wasn’t the only USC player with a record-breaking night. Wide receiver Robert Woods had eight catches for 138 yards and four touchdowns, which gave him 220 receptions in his career to set a new USC mark (formerly held by Dwayne Jarrett). Woods also became the first USC receiver to have four touchdown catches in one game.
Unsung hero: Drew McAllister, the USC senior safety who had an interception and a fumble recovery early in the game. It was the first interception since 2008 for McAllister, a senior who has battled multiple injuries throughout his career.
What we learned -- USC: The Trojans needed a crisp offensive performance to gain some confidence on that side of the ball with a tough stretch of opponents coming up in November, and they got it. If USC can build off this effort, it should be able to compete for not only the Pac-12 title but a potential national title shot as well.
What we learned -- Colorado: The Buffs' transition to the Pac-12 Conference continues to be a tough experience. The last three losses for CU had been by a combined 117 points, and the Trojans added to that with a 44-point margin Saturday.