Top performances 2012: Matt Barkley

February, 5, 2013
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We're looking at some of the top individual performances in the Pac-12 in 2012.

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Who & against whom: Matt Barkley broke a number of Pac-12 records when USC whipped Colorado 50-6.

The numbers: Barkley completed 19 of 20 passes for 298 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions against the Buffs.

A closer look: While USC and Barkley didn't live up to preseason hype, they did make beautiful music together a number of times. Sure, this performance came against an overmatched Buffaloes defense. But if you watched the game, you know it was simply masterful quarterback play. Barkley's 319.16 pass efficiency rating for the game broke the Pac-12/10/8 record set by UCLA's Drew Olson in 2005. His 95 percent completion percentage broke former UCLA quarterback Rick Neuheisel's conference record for completion percentage in a game with at least 20 passes. Further, he became the all-time Pac-12 leader in TD passes, eclipsing former Trojan Matt Leinart. In fact, Barkley would finish the season with 116 career touchdowns, 17 more than Leinart. Barkley threw four of his TD passes to receiver Robert Woods, covering 39, 29, 17 and 3 yards. The other two went to receiver Marqise Lee for 55 yards and tight end Xavier Grimble for 8. Oh, and Barkley didn't even play in the fourth quarter.

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