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Overall Grade: A-
Matt Barkley had himself a great game against the Oregon Ducks. Barkley was able to move the ball down the field with accuracy and a great ability to spread the ball out to all of his receivers. Barkley completed 35 of his 54 attempts for 484 yards for five touchdowns and two interceptions.
The first interception that Barkley threw was the one that really hurt the Trojans. They were in the red zone and when you are playing against the Oregon Ducks you cannot afford to not put points on the board. Other than the two picks Barkley made some perfect throws such as the touchdown to freshman Nelson Agholor, which was an absolute strike.
I was really impressed with Barkley’s ability to move around within the pocket and avoid the defense. On the Robert Woods touchdown pass Barkley avoided four Oregon defenders, got outside of the pocket and delivered a perfect pass. If there is one thing that scouts have not liked about Barkley is his ability to throw outside of the pocket. I thought that tonight he did a great job throwing under pressure and outside of the pocket.
It was another solid performance turned in by Barkley who will go down as one of the best Trojan quarterbacks of all time. It is too bad that he won’t have a chance to play for a National Championship.