Trojans stomp crosstown rival Bruins in regular-season finale
LOS ANGELES – Matt Barkley passed for 423 yards and six touchdowns in his possible Coliseum farewell, Robert Woods set the conference’s single-season receptions record while catching 12 passes for 113 yards and two TDs, and No. 10 Southern California finished its resurgent season with a 50-0 demolition of Pac-12 title game-bound UCLA on Saturday night.
Marqise Lee had 13 catches for 224 yards and two TDs during a showcase of offensive brilliance by the Trojans (10-2, 7-2), who are banned from postseason play under heavy NCAA sanctions. USC still went out in style, jumping to a 29-point halftime lead before posting its largest victory in the city championship game since 1930, the rivalry’s second year.
USC won seven of its final eight games capped by this utter obliteration of the crosstown Bruins (6-6, 5-4), who will represent the division at Oregon next week despite finishing two games behind USC in the South standings.
Kevin Prince passed for 261 yards for UCLA, which had won three of four heading into the game.
Barkley was brilliant in what might have been the junior’s final game at USC. He went 35 for 42 and set a Pac-12 record with his 39th TD pass early in the fourth quarter, hitting Woods from 41 yards out to surpass Matt Leinart’s mark.