Barkley throws 5 TD passes; USC routs Cal 48-14Oct 16, 2010 - 11:09 PM By GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Matt Barkley passed for 352 yards and a school record-tying five touchdowns, and Southern California roared to a 42-point halftime lead while snapping its first losing streak in nine years with a 48-14 victory against California on Saturday.
Robert Woods and Ronald Johnson caught two scoring passes apiece for the Trojans (5-2, 2-2 Pac-10), who lost their last two games to Washington and Stanford on field goals at the final gun.
USC overwhelmed the Golden Bears (3-3, 1-2) from the opening drive. The Trojans held Cal scoreless until late in the third quarter, and the offense racked up 372 of its 589 total yards in the first half.
Kevin Riley passed for 193 yards and threw two interceptions in the Bears' seventh straight loss to USC. Cal hasn't won at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in a decade.
David Ausberry also caught a TD pass for USC, which hadn't lost back-to-back games since early in 2001, former coach Pete Carroll's first season. The Trojans' dominant performance brightened a gloomy, gray day at the Coliseum, where USC had lost three of its last five games after a 47-1 stretch.
Shane Vereen and Keenan Allen caught late TD passes for the Golden Bears, who led the Pac-10 in several defensive categories before USC ran them through a shredder.
Barkley's scoring throw to Johnson with 8 seconds left in the first half tied USC's single-game record for TD passes, a mark he already shared with Rodney Peete, Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart and Mark Sanchez, who also did it in one half of play in 2008.
Barkley, who went 25 for 37 without an interception, had five TD passes last month against Hawaii.
Woods had seven catches for 116 yards in the freshman's second straight outstanding game.
Although the Trojans' offense was nearly flawless in the first half, their defense's performance was even more heartening. USC came into the game ranked 100th in the FBS after giving up 69 points in its last two games, but Cal was completely stifled by the Trojans until Vereen scored on a 31-yard screen pass late in the third quarter to avoid a shutout.
Blowout losses are sadly familiar to Cal fans during the mostly successful tenure of coach Jeff Tedford. Last year alone, the Bears were routed by USC (30-3), Oregon (42-3) and Washington (42-10) during an eight-win season.
USC moved 56 yards for a score on its opening drive, with Woods keeping his feet in the end zone while diving to catch Barkley's perfectly-placed 16-yard throw. Ausberry finished another drive by tightroping the USC sideline and reaching over a defender to haul in a 22-yard TD pass.
Tyler rushed for an 11-yard score early in the second quarter, putting USC ahead 21-0 before Cal had even managed a first down. The Bears' offense, so fluid for much of the season, managed minus-8 yards and no first downs on its first four drives.
Woods caught a 9-yard TD pass midway through the second quarter to cap an 82-yard drive. Cal finally mounted a sustained march, but T.J. McDonald intercepted Riley's pass at the USC 5 - and the Trojans rolled 95 yards for Johnson's first TD catch 43 seconds before halftime, converting a fourth-and-1 from the Cal 5 along the way.
Defensive tackle DaJohn Harris intercepted Riley's next pass, and USC tacked on another 26-yard drive capped by Johnson's 11-yard TD grab right before halftime.
- NCAAF FINAL
1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
--- --- --- --- -----
CALIFORNIA 0 0 7 7 14
USC 14 28 3 3 48 FINAL
1ST QUARTER: USC - TD, ROBERT WOODS 16 YD PASS FROM
MATT BARKLEY (JOE HOUSTON
KICK), 3:50. USC 7-0
USC - TD, DAVID AUSBERRY 22 YD PASS
FROM MATT BARKLEY (JOE
HOUSTON KICK), 13:33. USC 14-0
Oct 16 6:48 PM
USC 48 0:00 LEFT, 4TH QTR
Oct 16 6:48 PM
USC 48 3:44 LEFT, 4TH QTR
California 14, USC 48 4th - 3:44Oct 16 6:38 PM
USC 48 12:10 LEFT, 4TH QTR
California 7, USC 48 4th - 12:10Oct 16 6:19 PM
USC 45 0:00 LEFT, 3RD QTR
Oct 16 6:13 PM
USC 45 2:59 LEFT, 3RD QTR
California 7, USC 45 3rd - 2:59Oct 16 6:03 PM
USC 45 5:04 LEFT, 3RD QTR
California 0, USC 45 3rd - 5:04Oct 16 5:56 PM
USC 42 0:00 LEFT, 2ND QTR
Oct 16 5:13 PM
USC 42 0:08 LEFT, 2ND QTR
California 0, USC 42 2nd - 0:08Oct 16 5:10 PM
USC 35 0:43 LEFT, 2ND QTR
California 0, USC 35 2nd - 0:43Oct 16 5:04 PM
USC 28 8:08 LEFT, 2ND QTR
California 0, USC 28 2nd - 8:08Oct 16 4:47 PM
USC 21 13:54 LEFT, 2ND QTR
California 0, USC 21 2nd - 13:54Oct 16 4:29 PM
USC 14 0:00 LEFT, 1ST QTR
Oct 16 4:25 PM
USC 14 1:27 LEFT, 1ST QTR
California 0, USC 14 1st - 1:27Oct 16 4:15 PM
USC 7 11:10 LEFT, 1ST QTR
California 0, USC 7 1st - 11:10Oct 16 3:50 PM
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