USC v. Colorado Notebook

A record-breaking night in the Coliseum also made way for some other players to see the field. Many second string and even third string players were given the opportunity to step up and show their skills.

Records Broken
Quarterback Matt Barkley broke the PAC-12 and USC career touchdown passing record. He also broke the PAC-12 record for passing efficiency. His 19 of 20 completed passes broke the PAC-12 record for highest percentage of passes completed in a single game with a minimum of 15 to 20 attempts.

His six touchdown passes tied the USC record set once against Colorado last year and again against UCLA.

Receiver Robert Woods broke the USC career receptions record on his fifth catch of the game, a 17-yard touchdown from Barkley.

Woods' four touchdown catches also broke the USC single-game record.

USC's 50 points were a season high and were the most points scored since last year's 50-0 game against UCLA.

Firsts on Offense
Senior De'Von Flournoy made his first career reception for 21 yards against Colorado. Excited, the receiver was appreciative of the support from his teammates.

"I appreciate the love, that means a lot. Showing me respect for the one catch I got," he said. "Words can't describe how I feel. Everything worked out for me. Beating the re-route and getting open and Matt seeing me and just throwing the ball. Like I said, after the catch just everything sunk in, it was just like, that's how it feels to be a receiver and catch a ball."

It was Flournoy's only reception of the night.

Backup quarterback Max Wittek threw the first touchdown pass of his career, finding D.J. Morgan in the end zone for the Trojans' final touchdown.

"It felt great. You know just being able to get some experience, you know any experience at all is great, but being able to throw a touchdown was pretty special," said Wittek.

Tailback DJ Morgan made his only reception for a 24-yard touchdown pass from Max Wittek for his first career touchdown. Morgan finished with 10 carries for 62 yards averaging just over five yards per carry. The touchdown was his only reception.

Freshman Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick made his first career reception on an 8-yard pass from backup quarterback Cody Kessler in the fourth quarter.

Firsts on Defense
Sophomore linebacker Hayes Pullard had his first sack of the season.

"Yes finally, my first sack this season feels so good having Monte Kiffin and Coach Hazelton to be able to blitz me at the right time and be able to know the schemes," he said.

Pullard finished with six tackles.

Senior defensive end Kevin Greene made his first career sack in the third quarter.

Greene finished with three total tackles and two sacks, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

Junior safety Gerald Bowman had his first interception as well.

Senior linebacker Tony Burnett caught his first career interception, running it back 55 yards.

Shaw Gets the Start
Josh Shaw started at cornerback opposite Nickell Robey, seeing playing time over Torin Harris. Shaw first played corner last week against Washington. Throughout the week at practice Kiffin would not verify who would get the start at corner.

Shaw looked as though he could be the answer at corner after the win at Washington, but neither Shaw nor Harris finished with a single tackle against Colorado.

Making Plays
Drew McAllister made big plays in the first half including an interception in the end zone in the first quarter.

Kicking Woes Continue
Andre Heidari's inconsistency continued on Saturday as his attempt at the extra point failed, hitting the upper right post less than five minutes into the first quarter.

"I mean it happens, I'm not perfect, nobody's perfect," he said. "Even professionals miss you know. I hit the post. Just unlucky and we're going to work on it next week and we'll get it right.

Penalties
Coming into the game the Trojans were the most penalized team in the FBS and they didn't help their cause on Saturday. Tallying nine penalties for a total of 90 yards. Kiffin claimed it wasn't "Trojan football" and that discipline is something the team needs to work on.

Freshman defensive end Leonard Williams was ejected from the game after throwing a punch after the play in the second quarter. Kiffin said even if the referees didn't eject him, he would have.

Peter McBride was flagged for a holding penalty in the first quarter, costing the Trojans the two-point conversion. Anthony Sarao also got a personal foul.

In the second quarter, George Uko got called for unsportsmanlike conduct, giving Colorado the first down.

Gerald Bowman also racked up a personal foul in the third quarter, again giving the Buffs a first down.

Injuries
On what looked to be a routine block, left tackle Aundrey Walker went down holding his neck. After laying on the field for more than three minutes when he found his way to his feet to lay down on the cart and be taken off the field. No update was given on Walker after the game.

Dion Bailey was on the sideline after halftime with his arm in a sling, wearing street clothes.

Off the Bench
Among notable bench players were Buck Allen, Will Andrew, William Tober, John Akiba, Ryan Henderson, and Christian Heyward.


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