The question is no longer, "How good is Robert Woods?"
The better one should be "How much better can he get?"
The true freshman receiver posted his second consecutive game with more than 100 yards receiving and multiple touchdown receptions for USC, going for 116 yards and two touchdowns on seven catches in the 48-14 romp over California.
Woods demonstrated NFL-caliber body control on his first-quarter 16-yard touchdown, tapping both feet down while his momentum sent him flying out of bounds.
"He's played great when we've given him the chance," USC coach Lane Kiffin said. "We just haven't been able to get him the ball enough."
Since failing to record a catch against Washington, the Gardena Serra product has 19 receptions for 340 yards and five touchdowns.
As has been a constant since joining the Trojans, Woods was praised for his tireless work ethic.
"He continues to work hard, but he's not satisfied, which is good," quarterback Matt Barkley said. "He's still searching to find something in his game to work on. He's always trying to get better.
"For where he is and how he continues to get better, we love to see that."
And while he saw reps in practice as a corner this week, Woods did not play on defense against the Bears.
Gable Injures Knee
Running back C.J. Gable suffered a left knee injury returning a kick in the fourth quarter, but the extent of the injury was not immediately clear.
Kiffin indicated during his post-game press conference that Gable's college career was over, only to be contradicted by running back Allen Bradford.
"I think he's done unfortunately," Kiffin said.
"They said it's a bruise, ain't no ligament damage and he should be all right," Bradford later said.
Gable himself provided no details, leaving the Coliseum on crutches.
"I'm not going to think negative," he said. "Stay positive and keep on going. Rehab it tomorrow and find out what it is."
After starting as a true freshman, Gable had fallen out of favors in recent years only to emerge as a key contributor on special teams this season.
"What a great kid," Kiffin said. "Here's a kid who came in here academically limited that's going to graduate from USC. Really has done everything we've asked him to do.
"Kid walks by, can barely walk and says, ‘Coach, I'm sorry that I couldn't finish today.' Says a lot about him."
With freshman Dillon Baxter (foot) out, the redshirt senior from Sylmar saw his most extensive action this season, rushing 13 times for 72 yards. Gable also returned two kickoffs for 56 yards.
After jumping out to a 28-0 advantage in the first half in last week's win over UCLA, the Bears had no such luck against USC.
Cal managed just 64 yards of total offense and three first downs, while allowing 372 yards to the Trojans. Matt Barkley tied a school record by throwing for five touchdowns en route to a 42-0 lead at the break.
"We couldn't slow them down on offense," Cal coach Jeff Tedford said. "In both phases of the game they dominated us."
The 42-point deficit Cal faced at halftime was the largest in the history of the program.
"We tried to come out and compete and keep fighting and not have our heads down," Bears wide receiver Keenan Allen said.
Cal outscored USC 14-6 after the break, with the true freshman Allen catching one of two Kevin Riley touchdown passes.
Bradford sprained his left big toe in practice Wednesday and was limited. He rushed for 27 yards on nine carries, but lost a fumble.