Inside the Numbers: USC – Colorado

Robert Woods

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - We go inside the numbers to learn more about the Trojans' big win over Colorado at the Coliseum...

1 – It was a day of firsts for several USC players against Colorado. Wide receiver Robert Woods had his first 100-yard receiving game of the season; backup quarterback Max Wittek tossed his first career touchdown pass to D.J. Morgan, which was also Morgan's first career TD. Devon Flournoy pulled in his first career catch and Gerald Bowman recorded his first interception as a Trojan.

2 – The number of sacks that redshirt junior Kevin Greene had in tonight's win. Greene hasn't seen much significant playing time in his career but is a great character guy and adds a lot to the team in terms of his passion and effort on the practice field, and as coaches like to say, he is a very coachable kid. Greene, who was a standout basketball player growing up has a great deal of raw athleticism but has yet to put it all together on the football field, but it was still nice to see him come up with a big quarterback sack in the second quarter and add another in the fourth.

6 – USC senior quarterback Matt Barkley tossed six touchdown passes at the Coliseum tonight, which tied his own school record for most touchdown passes in a game. This was the type of performance that the senior signal-caller imagined having when he announced his intentions to return for his senior season last December. Barkley and the passing attack got back on track in a major way on Saturday and USC fans hope the passing game can stay in rhythm for the stretch run of the season.

7 – The USC Trojans improved to a perfect 7-0 all-time against the Colorado Buffaloes with tonight's blowout victory. USC has dominated the action nearly every time the two teams have met on the gridiron, outscoring Colorado 230-47.

9 – The USC defense has been very solid this season on their home turf, and has now gone nine straight quarters without giving up a touchdown at home. In their three wins at the Coliseum in 2012, USC has outscored opponents 126-25.

50 – The final score on the night was 50-6, marking USC's highest offensive output of the season, and the most points since shutting out UCLA 50-0 in last year's season finale.

95 – Matt Barkley's completion percentage on the day was an incredible 95% after completing 19-of-20 pass attempts, with the only incompletion coming on a drop by Curtis McNeal. The only player in college football history to have a higher completion percentage in a game (with a minimum of 20 pass attempts) was none other than USC wide receivers coach Tee Martin. The former Tennessee quarterback completed 23-of-24 passes (95.8%) against South Carolina in 1998.

"His 95 percent completion rate today was pretty amazing," head coach Lane Kiffin said after the win. "He tried to go back in the game because he heard Tee Martin held the record."

102 - The new USC and Pac-12 career touchdown pass record that was set tonight by Matt Barkley. The senior quarterback broke the record that was held by former USC Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart, who threw for 99 touchdowns in his illustrious career.

After breaking the record the Coliseum scoreboard played a video tribute to Barkley that featured former USC quarterbacks Matt Leinart and Carson Palmer, as well as congratulatory messages from: Keyshawn Johnson, Pete Carroll, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Landon Donovan and Luc Robitaille.

"I was pretty surprised when I looked up," Barkley said. "That was pretty special to see Matt Leinart and Carson Palmer and all those guys."

217 – Robert Woods jumped to the top of USC's all-time receptions list when he pulled in a 17-yard touchdown catch from Matt Barkley in the second quarter. The local boy from Gardena Serra high school honored his late sister, Olivia, who passed away from cancer, by pointing to the O printed on his taped wrist after the record-breaking catch.

"Just going out there and actually living what she told me as her last words about being a role model. I just felt like thanking her right then and there," Woods said. "It just felt like everything that she lived for and fought for, that it was like a breakthrough, like I made it, just to be in that group of guys in that receiver group."


Matt Barkley and Robert Woods celebrate their record-breaking day. (Getty Images)

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