6-Points: USC 42, Colorado 17

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The Trojans trounce the Buffaloes behind Matt Barkley's record breaking night to move to 7-2.

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Here are six (+2) thoughts on USC's seventh win...

  • Barkley-Band.jpg#7 Gets 6... Matt Barkley separated from the herd tonight by etching his name in the USC record books as the first Trojan quarterback to throw six touchdown passes in a game.  "It means a lot," said Barkley, who was one of four USC QBs to throw five TDs in a game.  "To finally get six is a pretty cool feeling knowing that you are up there with some of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of college football." The junior led the band after the game (photo by Getty Images/Justin Edmonds) and then the crowd showered him with "one more year" chants.
  • The Tandem... Wide receivers Robert Woods (9 catches for 130 yards and 2 TDs) and Marqise Lee (9 catches for 124 yards and 2 TDs) had nearly identical outings.  "We really had kept challenging him to have a multiple touchdown game and go to the next level," Kiffin said about Lee.  "Obviously he's coming of age and keeps making play after play out there.  It's a great tandem." The coaches told Lee that he would be known as #9 until his first two score game.  After his second TD, he handed Kiffin the ball and said, "My name is Marqise."
  • Beat the Trap... The elements were conspiring against the Trojans this week.  Coming off two emotional games, they were dealt a short week, a list of injuries and a frigid road game, but they handled it like veterans.  "We knew that this could have been a dangerous week," said Barkley.  "I'm proud of our guys on how we showed up today.  We played Trojan football and didn't let it become something that we regretted."
  • Regulators...Mount Up!  The score would have been a little tighter if not for John Baxter's field goal block team (known as The Regulators), which swatted away two more tries to bring the season total to six.  Matt "The Hammer" Kalil had accounted for all four blocks (2 FGs and 2 PATs) to this point, but tight ends Rhett Ellison and Randall Telfer rejected the three-pointers against Colorado.
  • Next Man Up... T.J. McDonald was the inspiration tonight.  Slapped with a first half suspension, the defensive captain watched Drew McAllister do a pretty solid impression (three tackles including one for loss).  McAllister was the latest model of the team's "next man up" philosophy.  "Coach Kiffin has always harped on if someone goes down, the next guy is going to have to step up and pick up the slack," said McAllister, who started alongside Marshall Jones who played in place of the injured Jawanza Starling.
  • LenDale-CU.jpgThe Kiddie Corps... USC started three freshmen linebackers for possibly the first time ever (we're looking it up).  Redshirt frosh Hayes Pullard is a mainstay now, but true freshmen Lamar Dawson and Tre Madden lined up as ones for the first time.  "He'd been playing well and we wanted to see what he looked like," Kiffin explained Dawson getting the nod over Chris Galippo.  "Almost everybody making plays is young.  The future is very bright."
Two-point conversion...

  • With the game out of hand, several players made career debuts late in the 4th quarter, but none was more special than Eric Childs.  Six years ago this week, he broke his leg and was told he would never play football again.  Against Colorado, he celebrated that anniversary by earning a varsity letter and making a tackle.
  • As Lane Kiffin jogged off the field at halftime, he spotted old friend LenDale White in the crowd and embraced the all-time Trojan career touchdown leader (57).  White (pictured) is a Colorado native and was nice enough to take a photo with seemingly every USC fan in attendance.
T.J. McDonald finished with four tackles on a strange night for him...

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