Oct 13, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Southern California Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley (7) reacts after the game against the Washington Huskies at CenturyLink Field. USC defeated Washington 24-14. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Matt Barkley Sets USC, Pac-12 Record For Touchdown Passes


Southern California quarterback Matt Barkley solidified his position as one of the top signal-callers in college football as he etched his name in the USC Trojans and Pac-12 record book today with the Trojans 50-6 shellacking of the Colorado Buffaloes.

In the second quarter, Barkley hit his star receiver Robert Woods on a 29-yard touchdown pass that broke the USC and Pac-12 record for most passing touchdowns in a career. Matt Leinart previously held the USC record with 99 touchdown passes. Oddly enough, it took eight years — Barkley’s jersey number — to take down Leinart’s school record.

Barkley hit Woods for one more score in the third-quarter to bring his career total to 100 touchdown passes.

The USC signal-caller was pulled in the third-quarter but still managed to finish with 298 yards passing and six touchdowns through the air. It was the second time this season that Barkley has thrown for six touchdowns in a game and it was the fourth time that he has accomplished the feat in his career.

To add to Barkley’s performance, he completed 19 of 20 passes for a 95% completion rate. That set a Pac-12 record for highest completion percentage in a game with at least 15 completions. The previous record was Washington’s Tom Flick who was 16-17 in 1980.

It’s safe to say that Barkley has shown NFL scouts that he has what it takes to play at the next level. He screams “franchise quarterback” and could hear his name called very early in the 2013 NFL Draft.

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