Matt Barkley Named Pac-12 Offensive Player Of Week, O'Brien Award Semifinalist|
Oct. 22, 2012
USC quarterback Matt Barkley was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week, a Manning Award Star of the Week and the College Football Performance Awards National Performer of the Week and National Quarterback of the Week for his record-setting performance against Colorado.
Additionally, Barkley was named one of 16 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien Award, given to the nation's top quarterback. It is the fourth consecutive year that Barkley has been an O'Brien semifinalist.
It is Barkley's sixth career Pac-12 Player of the Week honor, having also done so four times in 2011 and once in 2010.
In USC's 50-6 win over Colorado, Barkley threw a USC single game record-tying 6 touchdown passes, including a school record-tying 5 in the first half, to become the Pac-12's career TD pass record-holder (102). He completed 95.0% of his passes (19-of-20, with a drop on the incompletion) to set both the Pac-12 game mark for highest completion percentage (minimum 20 attempts), just .8% shy of the NCAA record, and the Pac-12 game passing efficiency rating record (319.2). He threw for 298 yards overall with no interceptions and was 16-of-17 for 269 yards in the first half.
Overall in 2012, the Heisman Trophy candidate has completed 65.7% of his passes (140-of-213) for 1,773 yards with 22 touchdowns and just 6 interceptions. His 22 TD passes through 7 games in 2012 is ahead of his pace from 2011 (19) when he set the Pac-12 season TD pass record (39). He is 13th nationally in passing efficiency (164.10) and within range of Mark Sanchez's USC season passing efficiency mark of 164.6 set in 2008.
He is second behind Heisman winner Carson Palmer on USC's career lists for completions (895 completions), passing yardage (10,827, fifth on the Pac-12 chart) and total offense (10,726 yards, fifth on the Pac-12 ladder). His 64.5% career completion rate is just shy of Heisman winner Matt Leinart's USC record of 64.8%. He has thrown at least 1 TD pass in 38 of his 43 career games, at least 2 TDs in 26 games, at least 3 TDs in 17 games, at least 4 TDs 10 times and at least 5 TDs 7 times (the only Trojan to have done so), including 4 times with a school record 6 TDs. He has thrown for at least 200 yards in 28 career games (a school record-tying 12 times over 300 yards, as well as twice over 400 yards). He has 43 career starts (he is 33-10 as a starter).