USC wide receiver Marqise Lee set a new Pac-12 record for the most receiving yards in a single game by catching 16 passes for 345 yards and two touchdowns, but the No. 9 Trojans lost to Arizona, 39-36.
ESPN Stats & Info noted Lee's historic performance via Twitter after the star wideout caught a 44-yard strike from Matt Barkley for his second score of the day in the third quarter.
Marqise Lee with 299 rec yards, setting the Pac-12 record for most rec yards in a game. #USCvsAZ— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) October 27, 2012
Lee has enjoyed a successful sophomore season but has yet to unleash a performance like this. He came into the game with 60 catches for 784 yards and eight touchdowns. He led the Trojans in yards and receptions but trailed Robert Woods in TD catches. He is now the team leader in all three categories.
While the entire performance was spectacular, Lee was truly terrific in the first half. As Bleacher Report noted via Twitter, he only needed 30 minutes to put up eye-popping statistics.
USC's Marqise Lee with 12 catches, 256 yards, & 1 TD in the 1st HALF against Arizona.— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 27, 2012
His ability to shred the Wildcats defense ensured that USC maintained control of the game despite two first-half interceptions from Barkley. A late surge from Arizona made it a close contest in the third quarter, and the Trojans were ultimately unable to hold on to the lead.
Despite the disappointing defeat, this was an unforgettable performance from one of the great offensive talents in college football. While Lee may never have another game quite like this one, he will continue to be one of the nation’s best receivers during his time in Los Angeles and certainly has the potential to make an impact as a professional.
Trojans fans should enjoy their time with Lee while it lasts.