As if trailing at halftime 20-0 wasn't bat enough for the USC Trojans, the news got worse as quarterback Matt Barkley hurt himself on the final offensive play of the first half for the Trojans. He was helped to the sidelines at halftime, then carted into the locker room, with a sprained left ankle. The USC athletic department tweeted this at halftime:
Barkley was carted off at halftime. Mitch Mustain getting briefed to go in. Coach Helton's final words to him, "Go have fun!"
Mitch Mustain is now in at quarterback for the Trojans, who went three-and-out on their first drive of the second half. Mustain threw one pass, which was incomplete. Mustain, the senior former transfer from Arkansas, completed 12 of 17 passes for 105 yards and one touchdown in the first 10 games this season.
Barkley has completed 221 of 351 passes (63.0%) this season for 2,593 yards, with 25 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. His return tonight is questionable. The Trojans have lost two straight games in Corvallis against the Beavers.
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