Next Level stats: USC vs. Syracuse

USC hard to bring down

NEXT LEVEL: USC gained 224 of its 394 receiving yards after the catch against Hawaii, the most yards after the catch for any AP top-25 team in Week 1. Marqise Lee had 138 yards after the catch, including 69 on his 75-yard touchdown reception on the first play of the game. The 224 yards after the catch was the Trojans’ second most since the start of the 2009 season. They had 234 YAC against UCLA in their final game of last season.

Most YAC by AP Top-25 Team

Week 1

USC 224<<

West Virginia 176

Oklahoma State 176

Arkansas 174

>>138 by Marqise Lee

Don’t blitz Barkley

NEXT LEVEL: Matt Barkley has thrown 35 touchdowns since the start of 2010 season when opponents send five or more pass rushers. During that time period, Barkley has had seven games in which he has thrown at least three touchdown passes, including a four-touchdown game last season against Syracuse.

Matt Barkley Against the Blitz

Since Start of 2010

Comp pct 61.0

TD-Int 35-3

Pass effic 174.8

TD pct 14.2

>>9-10, 146, 4 TD vs Syracuse

--In Week 1, Hawaii blitzed on six of Barkley’s first nine pass attempts. Barkley completed four of those passes for 145 yards and two touchdowns. From that point forward, Hawaii blitzed on just 13 of USC’s 32 attempts.

Barkley finds deep touch

NEXT LEVEL: Matt Barkley significantly improved his deep ball in 2011, throwing more touchdowns (13) on throws of 25-plus yards since the start of last season than he did in the last two seasons combined (4). Barkley has not thrown an interception on a throw of this length since Oct. 30, 2010 against Oregon (0 in last 59 attempts).

Matt Barkley Throws of 25+ Yards


2009-10 2011-2012

Comp pct 21.9 41.5

Yds per att 8.4 15.9

TD-Int 4-5 13-0<<

>>12 of 13 to Robert Woods or Marqise Lee

--Matt Barkley completed six of eight throws of 25 yards or longer for 118 yards and three touchdowns against Syracuse last season. It was tied for his second most yards and tied for the most touchdowns on throws of this distance in his career.

Marqise Lee’s emergence

NEXT LEVEL: In Week 9 of last season, Marqise Lee emerged as a true second option on the outside. Lee caught seven passes for 94 yards and a touchdown in that game against Stanford. From that point forward, Lee has averaged over two times as many receiving yards per game than teammate Robert Woods and has emerged as Matt Barkley’s primary downfield threat.

Matt Barkley Passing by Target

Since Oct. 30, 2011

R. Woods M. Lee

Targets 76 75

Rec 45 56

YPG 72.0 150.0

Yds per rec 9.6 16.1

20+ yd comp 4 15