Notebook: Woods shatters receptions record

Robert Woods breaks Keyshawn Johnson's USC and Pac-12 records for catches in a single season.

LOS ANGELES – Former USC wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson titled his autobiography "Just Give Me The Damn Ball."

Robert Woods might be describing his remarkable sophomore season years from now as "Got The Damn Ball More."

Woods caught 12 passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns, breaking the school and Pac-12 Conference single-season record for receptions with 111.

Johnson set the old mark with 102 catches in 1995, good for 1,434 yards and seven touchdowns as USC won the conference and the Rose Bowl.

Based on his average of 9.25 receptions per game, Woods would have been on pace for almost 130 catches if USC was eligible for the Pac-12 championship game and a bowl.

However, even that prolific pace would not have put Woods within shouting distance of the FBS record of 155, set by Freddie Barnes of Bowling Green in 2009.

Woods also passed Johnson for seventh place for career receptions among USC players. He will need to catch 40 balls next season to best Dwayne Jarrett for that school record.

Woods and former Gardena (Calif.) Serra teammate Marqise Lee also became the first Trojans to each have double-digit receptions in the same game.

Lee finished his remarkable first season with 73 receptions for 1,143 yards and 11 touchdowns after burning the Bruins for 224 yards and two scores on 13 catches.

Numbers Game
With 124 yards rushing, running back Curtis McNeal crossed the 1,000-yard barrier, the first USC player to do so since Joe McKnight in 2009.

Quarterback Matt Barkley set a new single-game record by completing 35 passes, breaking his own mark of 34 established in the season opener against Minnesota.

Barkley also boosted his completion percentage to 69.1, breaking Rob Johnson's 1993 school record of 68.6.

Freshmen Lead the Way
Linebackers Dion Bailey and Hayes Pullard became the first freshmen to lead the team in tackles, finishing the season with 81 apiece.

No Decision Yet?
UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero said he would not decide the fate of head coach Rick Neuheisel until after the season ended, but multiple reports said the former Bruins quarterback would be fired, likely after the inaugural Pac-12 championship game Friday at Oregon.

"It's a devastating loss," Guerrero said of the 50-0 thrashing. "For any Bruin fan, for anyone in that locker room, for any of the coaches. When you play your rival, you want to put your best foot forward."

No Decision Yet? Part Two
Barkley, left tackle Matt Kalil and safety T.J. McDonald each said they had yet to made a decision whether to forgo their senior seasons and enter the NFL draft.

Barkley, Kalil and defensive end Nick Perry are all regarded as likely first-round picks, McDonald a second day selection.


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