The USC Trojans are playing like a team that doesn't feel like losing on a last-second field goal for a third straight week. They have completely dominated the California Golden Bears in the first half, and lead 42-0 at halftime.
USC outgained Cal, 371 yards to 64, and the Trojans' much-maligned defense has held Cal to just three first downs. Matt Barkley has five touchdown passes: two each to Robert Woods and Ronald Johnson, and one to David Ausberry.
Barkley has completed 20 of 29 passes in the first 30 minutes, for 256 yards to go with his five scores. Just for fun, here's how Barkley compares to Matt Leinart in the first seven games of their sophomore season:
- Leinart (2003): 64.3% completion rate, 1886 yards, 17 touchdowns, eight interceptions
- Barkley (2010): 65.5% completion rate, 1773 yards, 20 touchdowns, four interceptions
Keep in mind, Barkley still has one half left to play today, although the score dictates that Mitch Mustain will see the majority of the playing time under center in the second half.
USC also has 115 yards rushing on just 16 carries, a number that figures to rise greatly in the second half. Marc Tyler led the way with 62 yards on five carries, including one touchdown.
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