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Saturday, October 20, 2012
Grades: USC 50, Colorado 6

By Pedro Moura

LOS ANGELES -- No. 11 USC easily rolled over Colorado at the Coliseum on Saturday, topping the Buffaloes, 50-6. Here's a report card for the Trojans' record-setting day:

GradePASSING ATTACK
Wouldn't it be funny if there was a 'B' here and a criticism of Matt Barkley's one incompletion? Ha -- anything other than an 'A' would be blasphemy, even considering the opponent. He was magnificent. Max Wittek and Cody Kessler showed positive signs in garbage time, too.

GradeRUSHING ATTACK
There really wasn't one, sort of out of necessity because of what Lane Kiffin wanted to accomplish through the air. Curtis McNeal and Silas Redd carried a combined six times. D.J. Morgan looked great late, carrying 10 times and showing the same explosion we saw against Utah.

GradeIN THE TRENCHES
Aundrey Walker didn't do anything to stand out until he got hurt was carted off -- and that means he was doing well. The Trojans' second-team offensive line created some holes, and just about everybody on the USC D-line got to the quarterback at one point or another.


GradeDEFENSE
The Trojans did nothing to disprove the argument that they're significantly improved on defense this year. Yeah, they allowed Colorado to gain some yards, but they also forced six turnovers. This USC unit has produced big plays all season long, and that's an underrated strength going forward.

GradeSPECIAL TEAMS
There was still a big kickoff return, and there were still penalty issues on the unit, so this wasn't perfect. Kyle Negrete's only punt went 64 yards and was downed inside the 20, though, so that has to count for something. Andre Heidari banged an extra point off the uprights.

GradeCOACHING
Lane Kiffin did a nice job of managing different interests in this game, getting Barkley and Robert Woods their records but also keeping them out of harm's way. He probably could've stood to run the ball more, but it's hard to argue with two incompletions. Nine penalties for 90 yards, though -- that's hard to support.