Top performances 2012: Marqise Lee

February, 7, 2013
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We're looking at some of the top individual performances in the Pac-12 in 2012.

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Who & against whom: USC receiver Marqise Lee set a new Pac-12 receiving record in a losing cause at Arizona.

The numbers: Lee caught 16 passes for 345 yards with two touchdowns and a 2-point conversion in the 39-36 loss. He also had three kick returns for 123 yards, with a long of 72, to finish with 469 all-purpose yards.

A closer look: Talk about a brilliant effort on a horrible day for USC. Lee's receiving total set a new Pac-12 record and was fifth most in FBS history, just 60 yards off Louisiana Tech receiver Troy Edwards' mark set in 1998. Lee broke the conference record of 293 yards receiving set by Oregon State's Mike Hass against Boise State in 2004. It probably could have been more. Lee hit 299 yards early in the third quarter after catching a 44-yard touchdown pass that put the Trojans up 28-13. He also caught a 49-yard TD pass, and his long reception of the day was 57 yards. The Trojans lost despite piling up 618 yards of offense. The culprits? Losing the turnover battle five to one and getting 13 penalties for 117 yards.

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