Scores

Final

California 14

(3-3, 1-2 Pac-12)

USC 48

(5-2, 2-2 Pac-12)

3:30 PM ET, October 16, 2010

Los Angeles Coliseum, LOS ANGELES, CA

1 2 3 4 T
CAL 0 0 7 714
USC 14 28 3 348

Top Performers

Passing: M. Barkley (USC) - 352 YDS, 5 TD

Rushing: M. Tyler (USC) - 7 CAR, 79 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: R. Woods (USC) - 7 REC, 116 YDS, 2 TD

Matt Barkley's 5 TD passes ties USC record in rout of Cal

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Matt Barkley passed for 352 yards and a school record-tying five touchdowns, and Southern California roared to a 42-point halftime lead while snapping its first losing streak in nine years with a 48-14 victory against California on Saturday.

Robert Woods and Ronald Johnson caught two scoring passes apiece for the Trojans (5-2, 2-2 Pac-10), who lost their last two games to Washington and Stanford on field goals at the final gun.

USC overwhelmed the Golden Bears (3-3, 1-2) from the opening drive. The Trojans held Cal scoreless until late in the third quarter, and the offense racked up 372 of its 589 total yards in the first half.

Kevin Riley passed for 193 yards and threw two interceptions in the Bears' seventh straight loss to USC. Cal hasn't won at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in a decade.

David Ausberry also caught a TD pass for USC, which hadn't lost back-to-back games since early in 2001, former coach Pete Carroll's first season. The Trojans' dominant performance brightened a gloomy, gray day at the Coliseum, where USC had lost three of its past five games after a 47-1 stretch.

Shane Vereen and Keenan Allen caught late TD passes for the Golden Bears, who led the Pac-10 in several defensive categories before USC ran them through a shredder.

Barkley's scoring throw to Johnson with 8 seconds left in the first half tied USC's single-game record for TD passes, a mark he already shared with Rodney Peete, Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart and Mark Sanchez, who also did it in one half of play in 2008.

Barkley, who went 25-for-37 without an interception, had five TD passes last month against Hawaii.

Woods had seven catches for 116 yards in the freshman's second straight outstanding game.

Although the Trojans' offense was nearly flawless in the first half, their defense's performance was even more heartening. USC came into the game ranked 100th in the FBS after giving up 69 points in its past two games, but Cal was completely stifled by the Trojans until Vereen scored on a 31-yard screen pass late in the third quarter to avoid a shutout.

Blowout losses are sadly familiar to Cal fans during the mostly successful tenure of coach Jeff Tedford. Last year alone, the Bears were routed by USC (30-3), Oregon (42-3) and Washington (42-10) during an eight-win season.

USC moved 56 yards for a score on its opening drive, with Woods keeping his feet in the end zone while diving to catch Barkley's perfectly placed 16-yard throw. Ausberry finished another drive by tightroping the USC sideline and reaching over a defender to haul in a 22-yard TD pass.

Tyler rushed for an 11-yard score early in the second quarter, putting USC ahead 21-0 before Cal had even managed a first down. The Bears' offense, so fluid for much of the season, managed minus-8 yards and no first downs on its first four drives.

Woods caught a 9-yard TD pass midway through the second quarter to cap an 82-yard drive. Cal finally mounted a sustained march, but T.J. McDonald intercepted Riley's pass at the USC 5 -- and the Trojans rolled 95 yards for Johnson's first TD catch 43 seconds before halftime, converting a fourth-and-1 from the Cal 5 along the way.

Defensive tackle DaJohn Harris intercepted Riley's next pass, and USC tacked on another 26-yard drive capped by Johnson's 11-yard TD grab right before halftime.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CAL
USC
1st Downs1032
Total Yards245602
Passing193391
Rushing52211
Penalties9-678-54
3rd Down Conversions2-107-14
4th Down Conversions1-23-4
Turnovers21
Possession23:5336:07

Passing Leaders

CaliforniaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Riley15/291936.722
USCC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Barkley25/373529.550

Rushing Leaders

CaliforniaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Vereen10535.3016
Sofele6142.307
USCCARYDSAVGTDLG
Tyler77911.3126
Gable13725.5016

Receiving Leaders

CaliforniaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Allen46115.3132
Vereen34515.0131
USCRECYDSAVGTDLG
Woods711616.6240
Ayles15454.0054

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERCALUSC
TD11:10Robert Woods 16 Yd Pass From Matt Barkley (Joe Houston Kick) 07
TD01:27David Ausberry 22 Yd Pass From Matt Barkley (Joe Houston Kick) 014
SECOND QUARTERCALUSC
TD13:54Marc Tyler 11 Yd Run (Joe Houston Kick) 021
TD08:08Robert Woods 9 Yd Pass From Matt Barkley (Joe Houston Kick) 028
TD00:43Ronald Johnson 8 Yd Pass From Matt Barkley (Joe Houston Kick) 035
TD00:08Ronald Johnson 11 Yd Pass From Matt Barkley (Joe Houston Kick) 042
THIRD QUARTERCALUSC
FG05:04Joe Houston 27 Yd 045
TD02:59Shane Vereen 31 Yd Pass From Kevin Riley (Giorgio Tavecchio Kick) 745
FOURTH QUARTERCALUSC
FG12:10Joe Houston 27 Yd 748
TD03:44Keenan Allen 8 Yd Pass From Kevin Riley (Giorgio Tavecchio Kick) 1448