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Updated: Marqise Lee’s record day not enough for No. 10 USC

Marqise Lee, Sir Thomas Jackson AP

Updated 7:45 p.m. ET: USC wide receiver Marqise Lee finished the day with 16 receptions for 345 yards and a pair of touchdowns, good enough to break school and Pac-12 records.

It wasn’t good enough to get the win.

Arizona left USC in disbelief in the desert, knocking away a Matt Barkley pass in the endzone as time expired to beat the No. 10 Trojans 39-36. Barkley finished with 493 yards passing and three touchdowns, but the Trojans defense couldn’t stop Matt Scott and the Wildcats offense, either. Wildcats receiver Austin Hill had a career day with 259 yards receiving as well.

A BCS championship appearance, practically handed to the Trojans in the preseason, is growing ever-dimmer. A Pac-12 championship appearance isn’t guaranteed either. UCLA, Arizona State and Arizona are all in a battle for the Pac-12 South title, and all still play two more divisional games against opponents in that group.

It might be more even in the Pac-12 South from top to bottom this season, but it looks like it’s going to be a lot more fun as well.


Before today’s game against USC, Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez¬†told ESPN his defense needed to do its best to limit big plays by guys like Robert Woods and Matt Barkley.

Maybe Marqise Lee should have been added to that list. Lee has pulled in 12 passes for 255 yards and a touchdown — all in the first half. Seeing as the No. 10 Trojans only lead Arizona 21-13 at the half, one could reasonably assume Lee’s day isn’t over yet, either.

USC has racked up almost 400 yards of offense so far, but turnovers (the Trojans have four) and penalties (18 for 178 yards total between the two teams) have really been the story of the game.

Well, outside of Lee’s incredible first half, that is.

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10 Responses to “Updated: Marqise Lee’s record day not enough for No. 10 USC”
  1. ahmiller21 says: Oct 27, 2012 6:22 PM

    13 for 301 and two touches now at the beginning of the 3rd. Gonna be a big night for this kid!

  2. funktron2x says: Oct 27, 2012 6:35 PM

    Crazy. And Az’s Austin Hill is at 199 rec yards. When was the last time teo major-conference programs each had a 200+ wr in one game??

  3. trojanwarrior007 says: Oct 27, 2012 7:43 PM

    Time for Matty to get ready for the NFL. Stick a fork in the Trojans.

  4. frank booth says: Oct 27, 2012 8:05 PM

    Matt Barkley is a product of Lee and Woods: He lays the ball in their hands and they do the work. It’s easy to look good when you are throwing to a 1st and 2nd team All-American. I believe USC receivers lead in yards after the catch as well.

  5. prrbrr says: Oct 27, 2012 8:13 PM

    Suck it Silas!! Love PSU

  6. jintzforever says: Oct 27, 2012 8:33 PM

    Next up. Duck gonna beat surfer boy. Love USC losing.

  7. funktron2x says: Oct 27, 2012 9:11 PM

    Damn this Wildcat team is pretty good! If they’d been able to get even one of those OT games, they’d be sitting real pretty. Shame Scott’s a senior. Ka’Deem is a stud, wrs galore…

  8. tommy57 says: Oct 27, 2012 11:36 PM


    I think Silas bought into the pre-season hype about another USC national championship and wanted to be part of it. The NCAA sanctions against PSU have him the opportunity.

    However, life sometimes doesn’t work out as planned. Instead of being part of the positive story coming out of PSU he’s part of the disappointing story of USC and, in the minds of some, fairly or not, is seen as a self-serving individual whose only loyalty is to himself.

  9. kozbee says: Oct 28, 2012 12:02 AM

    Even Rich Rod beat them..Its the Kiffin curse.

  10. manchestermiracle says: Oct 28, 2012 9:54 AM

    Hands down the biggest disappointment of the season has to be the over-hyped, under-achieving USC Condoms. They’ve beaten themselves (twice) in almost every aspect of the game. That lack of depth due to scholarship restrictions? Not much of an issue when your starters don’t get the job done.

    This many penalties and turnovers this late in the season speaks to poor coaching. Kiffin has done a remarkably poor job in instilling discipline on both sides of the ball. That secondary that was supposed to be a strength? MIA yet again. Special teams? Not very special? Preseason Heisman front-runner Barkley? He better find out what’s wrong before the end of the season or he won’t deserve being a top-10 NFL pick, let alone #1.

    The Rubbers used to get stronger as the game and season wore on. Now they fade like a cheap scarf flapping in the breeze. Two losses so far and perhaps two more on the horizon when Oregon and Notre Dame come to town. They’re an utter disappointment to their fans, but at least the Raincoats are making SoCal haters on this site deliriously happy.

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