Matt Barkley threw a school-record six touchdowns and saved another with a tackle following his sole interception as No. 21 Southern California bounced back from its heartbreaking triple-overtime loss to Stanford with a 42-17 win over Colorado on Friday night.
Robert Woods and Marqise Lee each caught two of Barkley’s TD passes.
Curtis McNeal, an undersized junior tailback whose fumble ended USC’s loss to the Cardinal, rushed for 87 yards on 10 carries in his first career start for the Trojans (7-2, 4-2 Pac-12).
The win over the beleaguered Buffaloes (1-9, 0-6) capped a wild week for the Trojans that included two days of tirades from coach Lane Kiffin about several officiating decisions in last week’s loss, which resulted in a hefty fine and an unprecedented reprimand from the league.
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Barkley completed 25 of 39 passes for 318 yards. Woods caught nine passes for 130 yards, and Lee had nine receptions for 124 yards.
With the Buffaloes decked out in black helmets for only the second time ever and the first time since 1998, their night got off to an inauspicious start as two handlers of their buffalo mascot, Ralphie, lost their grip on the reins during their pregame romp around the field and one of them was nearly trampled by the beast. Nobody was hurt.
NEW DETAILS REVEALED IN NEWTON ELIGIBILITY CASE
Auburn kept quarterback Cam Newton eligible by successfully arguing to the NCAA that a former Mississippi State player did not act as an agent during his recruitment by that school.
Auburn released documents related to the NCAA’s investigation into the recruiting allegations surrounding Newton in response to an open records request by The Associated Press.
The documents indicate Newton’s father, Cecil Newton, and ex-Mississippi State player Kenny Rogers sought from $120,000 to $180,000 for the quarterback to sign with the Bulldogs out of junior college.
The university declared Newton ineligible the week of the SEC championship game. Auburn sought his reinstatement by arguing to the NCAA that Newton did not hire or have an agreement with Rogers, didn’t know of the solicitation and received no benefit from Rogers.
EX-PENN STATE COACH INDICTED ON ABUSE CHARGES
Former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky has been indicted on felony sex abuse charges against minors.
According to The (Harrisburg, Pa.) Patriot-News, Sandusky faces 40 charges that include involuntary deviate sexual intercourse of someone younger than 16, indecent assault of someone younger than 13, and corruption of minors. The alleged incidents took place from 1996-2005, and the charges came after a grand jury investigation into Sandusky that took more than two years.
The 67-year-old spent 32 years as a Penn State assistant and was considered a likely successor to Joe Paterno.