Martin Proud, Almost Sees Record Go Down

USC Receivers Coach Tee Martin spoke to SCPlaybook.com about the record day for quarter Matt Barkley and receiver Robert Woods. He also talks about the offense's performance and what he expects to see in the coming weeks...

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – USC first year Receivers Coach Tee Martin found himself in the middle of history on Saturday as the Trojans faced Colorado.

Martin watched from the sideline as Matt Barkley found Robert Woods for a 29-yard touchdown pass, the 100th in Barkley's career, to become the Pac-12 and USC all-time leader for touchdown passes thrown.

Moments after the celebration ended it was time to start another, as Barkley found Woods in the end zone again for a 17-yard touchdown pass.

This time, the celebration was for Woods, who became USC's all-time career receptions leader with 217 catches in Cardinal and Gold.

"It couldn't happen to two better people," Martin said. "Talk about model players, model citizens, to have this stuff happen to them on the football field, it is great to see and it is great for me to be a part of it, coaching Robert Woods and seeing them play at their best, playing at the highest level."

"When I got here as a receivers coach, I had so much respect for the guys that played here and wore this jersey before Robert Woods and before Marqise Lee," Martin continued, "but for Robert Woods to now have that receptions record is unbelievable."

Barkley finished 19-of-20 for 298 yards, completing 95% of his passes, which meant Martin almost saw a record of his own break. The receivers coach holds the NCAA completion percentage record for a minimum of 20 attempts from his days as the quarterback at Tennessee. Martin's record, still standing, is 23-of-24, for 95.8%. Although his record has been intact since 1998, even he was lobbying for Barkley to go back in the game after he had been pulled to try to break it.

"I was trying to get him back out there because Matt is great. He's awesome and I got so much respect for him as well," he said. "He was so close, it was like ‘Man let's get it done!'"

Kevin Carden contributed to this story.

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