USC came into its game against Arizona ranked 120th in the FBS in penalties – yes, dead last. It certainly didn't change on Saturday, as the Trojans drew 13 penalties for 117 yards.
The personal foul problems didn't stop after the first quarter… McDonald picked up his second flag later in the game. Torin Harris and Drew McAllister both earned themselves a flag for 15-yards as well.
Even though the Trojans gave up over 100 yards in penalties, they looked like they might be able to overcome the problem. That is, until they racked up five turnovers.
There were two interceptions thrown by Barkley, two balls put on the ground by Silas Redd and D.J. Morgan, and even when safety Jawanza Starling intercepted a Matt Scott pass, well, he went on to fumble it.
Record for Lee
Even harder to believe from the loss, is that receiver Marqise Lee was able to catch the ball 16 times for 345 yards. The effort was good enough to grab the Pac-12 record for most receiving yards in a single game.
Lee said he didn't know he was even approaching the record during the game.
And after, it didn't really seem to matter much to him because of the loss.
"It didn't matter to me," he said. "It's not important. I don't go to the game thinking about what I catch and how many yards I have. The main focus is being up and doing what you need to do in order for your team to win."
Left tackle Aundrey Walker and tailback Curtis McNeal did not travel with the team to Tucson…Walker suffered an undisclosed injury last week against Colorado…Barkley indicated at practice over the week that McNeal had a concussion…freshman Max Tuerk got his first career start at left tackle, the first true freshman to start at the position in the history of the program…