Originally posted on CU at the Game  |  Last updated 10/21/12
  October 20th – at Los Angeles          No. 11 USC 50, Colorado 6 USC quarterback Matt Barkley threw for 298 yards and six touchdowns while establishing USC’s new career mark for touchdown passes, while Trojan wide receiver Robert Woods set a pair of school records himself in the Trojans’ 50-6 victory over Colorado. Woods set a single-game school record for touchdown catches, with four, and passed Dwayne Jarrett on USC’s career receptions list with his 217th career catch on his third scoring grab. Colorado, meanwhile, couldn’t get out of its own way, turning the ball over six times, while the Buff defense presented only token opposition to the USC offense. In falling for the 16th time in 20 games under Jon Embree, Colorado endured its 11th blowout loss under the Embree regime. Fighter Mike Tyson once famously said, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face”. If Colorado had a game plan to take on USC quarterback Matt Barkley and the Trojan wide receivers, that plan lasted all of two plays. Barkley hit Woods for an 11-yard gain on the game’s first play from scrimmage, then connected with Marqise Lee for a 55-yard touchdown on play number two. Fifty seconds into the game, and USC had all the points it would need to secure a victory. Still, the remaining 59:10 of game clock needed to be played out, so the teams took the field once again. Aided by a personal foul penalty, Colorado started its first possession at the 40-yard line. Passes to tight ends Vincent Hobbs and Alex Wood put the ball into Trojan territory, with an 11-yard run by Christian Powell netting another first down. Then, on second-and-three at the USC 21-yard line, an ill-advised throw by Buff quarterback Jordan Webb was picked off in the endzone by Dre McCallister. It took USC twice as many plays – that is to say four – to score on its second drive of the afternoon. Passes of 19 and 17 yards from Barkley to Lee set up a 39-yard touchdown pass from Barkley to Woods, a play in which both cornerback Kenneth Crawley and safety Terrel Smith had chances at Woods. Instead of going for tackles, though, both defensive backs merely tried to shove Woods out of bounds. Both efforts failed, and USC had a 13-0 lead (the extra point attempt failed) just five minutes into the game. What was already a bad situation for Colorado … then got worse. On the Buffs’ next play from scrimmage, Christian Powell was stripped of the ball, with the ever-present Dre McCallister on hand to recover. Two plays later, Matt Barkley had touchdown pass No. 3, an eight-yarder to Xavier Grimble. There was still 9:03 left to play in the first quarter, and Colorado already trailed 19-0 (a two-point conversion run failed). USC had run eight plays, had covered 163 yards, and had scored three touchdowns. Many of the 83,274 fans in the Coliseum were just settling into their seats, and the game was already over. The only remaining issue was to be the final score. The Colorado offense, which had turned the ball over on its first two possessions, mostly got it right on possession No. 3. Jordan Webb completed passes to Dustin Ebner, Nelson Spruce and Tyler McCulloch on the drive, before catching a 15-yard pass himself from Spruce. A few runs by Webb and Tony Jones pushed the ball into the Trojan red zone, but there the drive stalled. The 15-play, 65-yard drive chewed up almost seven minutes of game clock, but netted only a 27-yard field goal by Will Oliver. USC 19, Colorado 3. Any glimmer of hope that Buff fans may have had for the afternoon was ignited two plays later, when Buff defensive lineman Will Pericak forced a fumble from Matt Barkley, recovered by linebacker Jon Major. The first quarter ended with a 19-yard pass from Webb to Vincent Hobbs, setting up the Buffs at the USC 21-yard line. There, however, the dream of a comeback ended, with the Buffs forced to settle for another Will Oliver field goal. The sophomore kicker was good from 37 yards out, making the new score 19-6. The Buffs were playing better, but two trips to the USC red zone had failed to produce a touchdown. On USC’s ensuing drive, order was restored, as the Trojans scored again. The Buff defense did force its first two third downs of the game, but the first was converted on a pass interference penalty, with the second, a third-and-four from the CU 29-yard line, converted for another Barkley-to-Woods touchdown. USC 26, Colorado 6. Colorado gained only 14 yards on its next drive, returning the ball to Barkley. It took the USC quarterback only seven plays to cover 80 yards to score again. Facing only two second downs on the drive (one a second-and-one, the other a second-and-two), the Trojans made it look easy. Barkley finished the drive with another touchdown pass to Woods, this one covering 17 yards. Just like that, a 19-3 game with CU in the USC red zone was no longer a contest. USC 33, Colorado 6. The Buff offense had one last first half drive in them, taking 11 plays to cover 52 yards. Christian Powell gained 12 yards on the ground, while Jordan Webb connected with Tony Jones for 14 yards and Nick Kasa for 12 to once again put the Buffs into the USC red zone. On fourth-and-ten at the Trojan 19-yard line, though, Webb was sacked, ending the threat. Halftime score: USC 33, Colorado 6 Still to come … second half recap, game notes and locker room quotes …  
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