October 2, 2011 in Sports

Pac 12: Barkley’s school record helps USC hold off Arizona

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Southern California’s Marqise Lee hauls in a 44-yard pass against Arizona’s Shaquille Richardson.
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Matt Barkley passed for a school-record 468 yards and four touchdowns, Robert Woods made 14 catches for 255 yards and two scores, and Southern California outlasted Arizona 48-41 Saturday at Los Angeles.

Freshmen Marqise Lee and Xavier Grimble caught TD passes from Barkley, who also rushed for a score while breaking Carson Palmer’s 2002 yardage record with a blistering performance against Arizona’s maligned defense.

The Trojans (4-1, 2-1 Pac-12) needed almost every yard against Arizona’s Nick Foles, who passed for 425 yards and four TDs. USC outgained Arizona 582-554 in a game largely devoid of defense.

Ka’Deem Carey rushed for two touchdowns and caught another scoring pass for the Wildcats (1-4, 0-3), who haven’t beaten an FBS opponent in nearly a year.

Barkley went 32 for 39 with one interception, bouncing back from a rough start at Arizona State last week with another landmark game. After setting the USC record for single-game completions in the season opener, the junior has thrown nine TD passes in his last two home games.

Woods is having the most prolific season by a receiver in USC’s long history through five games, starting off this chapter with an 82-yard score on the Trojans’ second play.

The speedy sophomore, who set the USC mark with 17 catches in that season-opening win over Minnesota, fell 5 yards short of R. Jay Soward’s 260-yard school record when Arizona held him to one catch for 2 yards in the fourth quarter.

Keola Antolin rushed for 87 yards for Arizona, which has lost four straight despite its prolific offense. Star receiver Juron Criner was limited to three catches for 29 yards and a touchdown.

Foles went 41 for 53, but threw two drive-killing interceptions to T.J. McDonald in the first half that allowed USC to pull away with a 27-12 halftime lead. The Trojans stayed ahead throughout the second half to stay unbeaten in four home games this season, repeatedly covering up for defensive struggles with offensive brilliance.

Woods took charge from USC’s second play, catching a short pass from Barkley and splitting two defenders before outrunning the entire Arizona secondary down the sideline for a score. Lee caught a wide-open 38-yard TD pass from Barkley late in the first quarter when Arizona’s entire defense appeared to focus on Woods, and Grimble caught a 7-yard scoring strike midway through the second quarter.

(6) Stanford 45, UCLA 19: Andrew Luck threw for 227 yards and three touchdowns and padded his Heisman Trophy résumé with an acrobatic one-handed catch, keeping Stanford undefeated with a victory over UCLA at Stanford, Calif.

Luck completed 23 of 27 passes and had the Cardinal (4-0, 2-0 in conference) in cruise control to extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 12 games. Stepfan Taylor ran for 112 yards and two scores and Coby Fleener caught two touchdowns in front of a rare sellout crowd of 50,360 at Stanford Stadium.

Richard Brehaut had 202 yards passing and tossed two touchdowns to Joseph Fauria for the Bruins (2-2, 1-1).

(25) Arizona State 35, Oregon State 20: Cameron Marshall bulled his way to two touchdowns in the second half and the Sun Devils overcame four turnovers to keep the visiting Beavers winless.

Arizona State (4-1, 2-0 in conference) had turnovers on its first three possessions to fall into a 13-0 hole before gathering itself in what was expected to be a rollover win.

Sean Mannion had 341 yards and a touchdown on 40-of-66 passing, but had four interceptions for Oregon State (0-4, 0-2).

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