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USC vs. Colorado: Trojans handily beat Buffaloes

USC won its fourth straight game on Saturday in overwhelming fashion, getting out to a 19-3 first quarter lead and never looking back in Boulder.

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USC's Leonard Williams not suspended by Pac-12

Williams was ejected for throwing a punch against Colorado. The conference has decided to not suspend him for next week's game with Arizona.


Barkley named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week

Matt Barkley earned his sixth career Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honor after his performance versus Colorado.


Matt Barkley adds to USC legacy, with more to come

USC quarterback Matt Barkley set a school and conference record for touchdown passes this weekend. But there are more milestones to achieve for Barkley and the Trojans.


USC moves into first place in Pac-12 South

With USC's win over Colorado and Arizona State's loss to Oregon, the Trojans moved into first place in the Pac-12 South Division.


There was much to be happy about in USC's win

Much of the talk from USC's 50-6 victory over Colorado will settle on the record setting performances by quarterback Matt Barkley and wide receiver Robert Woods.

Barkley became the first quarterback in USC and Pac-12 history to reach 100 career touchdown passes. Woods set a new record for career receptions for USC lore and also set the school's record for most touchdown receptions in a game with four.

As Conquest Chronicles writes, it was encouraging to see Barkley hook up with Woods, and to do it so often and so well. Barkley threw six touchdown passes and did it on a remarkable 19-for-20 attempts (a new Pac-12 record in completion percentage). Most importantly, Kiffin knew he was dealing with a questionable secondary and attacked it often and early.

Of maybe even greater note, Lane Kiffin opened up the playbook a little bit more and made it a point to just attack Colorado's secondary from the opening play. That's a good sign considering how many people were starting to really question Kiffin's decisions.

The defense, although it gave up 351 total yards of offense, still did a great job of keeping the Buffalos in check. USC forced six turnovers (three fumbles and three interceptions), which quickly killed any offensive momentum Colorado was able to muster. Conquest Chronicles writes that the USC defense has been underrated all year, and the victory over Colorado shows how strong the defensive unit is.

It wasn't all good though. The Trojans continued to struggle with penalties, committing 10 to a tune of 90 yards. The Trojans are ranked dead last in the nation in penalties, and it isn't a good sign to see so many at home against a worse team.

Against much better teams, you can't expect to commit so many mistakes and still find a way to win. The fact that they committed that many penalties against a subpar team at home is a little concerning. It'll be interesting to watch how this plays out going forward. If the Trojans don't find a way to clean up their play, it could end up costing them a game or two.

Leonard Williams' ejection before halftime also could prove to be a big blow to a team that is already short on the defensive front. As Conquest Chronicle writes, there isn't much of an excuse to throw a punch in a game already over (even if someone supposedly spits on you). Williams' ejection might lead to further ramifications.


USC is back in the AP top 10

USC is back in the top 10 in the AP poll following a 50-6 win over the Colorado Buffalos on Saturday.


USC vs. Colorado final: Trojans win 50-6

The No. 10 ranked USC Trojans rolled by their Pac-12 conference foes in the Colorado Buffaloes by the score of 50-6, after the Trojans dominated on both sides of the ball for all four quarters.

The Trojans were able to jump on the Buffaloes early, finding the end zone on their second snap of the game when star quarterback Matt Barkley connected with wide receiver Marqise Lee for 55 yards and the score. It was a sign of things to come for both teams, as Barkley enjoyed a field day at home against the Buffaloes.

Barkley broke USC's career touchdowns record, while Robert Woods became the Trojan's all-time catches leader.

While the Buffaloes were able to stop the two-headed running attack of USC's, they were picked apart by Barkley and the passing game. The senior quarterback completed 19 of 20 passes for 298 yards and six touchdowns, before being pulled after three quarters to avoid injury.

The Buffaloes were unable to get a stop or put any points on the board, besides a pair of first half field goals off the leg of kicker Will Oliver, leading to the team's sixth loss of the season.

Box Score Hero: There are a few candidates for this spot, but wide receiver Robert Woods earns it for catching eight passes on the day, picking up more than 130 yards and four touchdowns.

Rankings Ramifications: Already ranked in the top 10, the Trojans will be moving up in the rankings as long as team(s) ahead of them fall. The Buffaloes will remain unranked, after losing yet another game on the season.

But Did They Cover? In order to cover the spread, the Trojans needed to win by more than 40 points at home over the Buffaloes. They were able to do just that.

For More On This Game: For more on Trojans football, visit USC blog Conquest Chronicles, plus Pac-12 blog Pacific Takes and SB Nation Los Angeles. For more on Buffs football, visit Colorado blog The Ralphie Report, plusPac-12 blog Pacific Takes and SB Nation Denver.

Next Week's Schedule: The Buffaloes' gauntlet continues next week, as the team is scheduled to visit the nationally-ranked Oregon Ducks on Saturday, Oct. 27. Meanwhile, the Trojans will be visiting the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday, Oct. 27.

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Trojans open 4th quarter leading Buffaloes 40-6

The USC Trojans ended the third quarter of play at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum leading their Pac-12 conference foes the Colorado Buffaloes 40-6.

As the game turns into a complete rout, the Trojans were able to score one more touchdown through the air in the third quarter. Quarterback Matt Barkley continued to enjoy a career game. This time Barkley found wide receiver Robert Woods for three yards and the score, giving the junior his fourth touchdown reception of the game.

The Trojans' stout defense also continued their dominance over the Buffaloes offense, holding the team scoreless in the third quarter after allowing just two field goals in the first half.

While the Buffaloes offense has spread the ball around to 10 different receivers, the Trojans defense has made life difficult for Buffaloes quarterback Jordan Webb, who has thrown two interceptions on the day and struggled to move the ball down the field.


Trojans dominate Buffaloes in first half

The USC Trojans dominated the first two quarters of play against the Colorado Buffaloes and now enter halftime with a 33-6 lead at home.

The Trojans jumped on the Buffaloes early in the game after quarterback Matt Barkley connected with wide receiver Marqise Lee for 55 yards and a score on the second play of the game. It was a sign of things to come, as the Trojans scored touchdowns on almost every one of their drives in the first half.

While Colorado has struggled mightily on defense, the offense has been unable to put the ball in the end zone and have only succeeded between the 20-yard lines. So far, Colorado's only points have come from the leg of kicker Will Oliver, who has made a pair of field goals for the Buffaloes.

Barkley enjoyed a field day in the first half, completing 16 of 17 passes for 269 yards and five touchdowns.


Barkley, Woods ready for big day against Colorado

Matt Barkley could be in for a big day against Colorado's struggling defense.


USC v Colorado: Trojans look to feast on Buffaloes

The Trojans look for their fourth straight win on Saturday as they host Colorado at the Memorial Coliseum.


Barkley, Woods poised to break USC records

The senior quarterback and junior wide receiver have a very good chance of setting school and Pac-12 records in Saturday's game against the Colorado Buffaloes.


Kiffin wants USC pass defense to improve

The Trojans may be No. 10 on the BCS standings and riding a three-game winning streak, but Lane Kiffin believes there is plenty of room for improvement.


Trojans are heavy favorites against Colorado

The Trojans are heavy favorites in their match-up with Colorado on Saturday.

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