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Colorado vs. USC: Buffaloes crushed on the road

Colorado's miserable season continued on Saturday with a blowout loss at the hands of the Trojans.

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Buffs fans see some positives in tough loss to USC

The USC Trojans were expected to make quick work of the Colorado Buffaloes on Saturday, and they did just that on their way to a 50-6 win in Los Angeles. SB Nation's Colorado blog, The Ralphie Report, knew what was coming, and chose to find some positives in an otherwise bad day:

As hard as it is to say, the Buffs did a lot of things right today. There were flashes from the young guys, Christian Powell, Gerald Thomas, Vincent Hobbs, that showed that they may be starting to turn the corner. But there is no way that this Colorado team was going to lose the turnover battle and win this game. Six turnovers later, that turned out to be true.

Turnovers were the story of the day for Colorado, as they were only able to get six points out of 351 yards of offense against a good USC defense:

The Buffaloes had their best called offensive game of the entire season; by a long shot. But numerous long, successful drives were undone thanks to awful, awful turnovers. Colorado turned the ball over a whopping six times, three picks, three fumbles. Many of those came in the Trojan red zone.

Still, things won't get any easier for the Buffs next week. They face the No. 3 Oregon Ducks on Saturday and that has the potential to be another blowout loss. The Ducks dominated the Arizona State Sun Devils on Thursday, and the Devils embarrassed Colorado a few weeks ago, 51-17.

The team's second victory of the season doesn't look like it will come any time soon.


Colorado vs. USC final: Buffaloes lose 50-6

The No. 10 ranked USC Trojans rolled by their Pac-12 conference foes in the Colorado Buffaloes by the score of 50-6, after the Trojans dominated on both sides of the ball for all four quarters.

The Trojans were able to jump on the Buffaloes early, finding the end zone on their second snap of the game when star quarterback Matt Barkley connected with wide receiver Marqise Lee for 55 yards and the score. It was a sign of things to come for both teams, as Barkley enjoyed a field day at home against the Buffaloes.

Barkley broke USC's career touchdowns record, while Robert Woods became the Trojan's all-time catches leader.

While the Buffaloes were able to stop the two-headed running attack of USC's, they were picked apart by Barkley and the passing game. The senior quarterback completed 19 of 20 passes for 298 yards and six touchdowns, before being pulled after three quarters to avoid injury.

The Buffaloes were unable to get a stop or put any points on the board, besides a pair of first half field goals off the leg of kicker Will Oliver, leading to the team's sixth loss of the season.

Box Score Hero: There are a few candidates for this spot, but wide receiver Robert Woods earns it for catching eight passes on the day, picking up more than 130 yards and four touchdowns.

Rankings Ramifications: Already ranked in the top 10, the Trojans will be moving up in the rankings as long as team(s) ahead of them fall. The Buffaloes will remain unranked, after losing yet another game on the season.

But Did They Cover? In order to cover the spread, the Trojans needed to win by more than 40 points at home over the Buffaloes. They were able to do just that.

For More On This Game: For more on Trojans football, visit USC blog Conquest Chronicles, plus Pac-12 blog Pacific Takes and SB Nation Los Angeles. For more on Buffs football, visit Colorado blog The Ralphie Report, plusPac-12 blog Pacific Takes and SB Nation Denver.

Next Week's Schedule: The Buffaloes' gauntlet continues next week, as the team is scheduled to visit the nationally-ranked Oregon Ducks on Saturday, Oct. 27. Meanwhile, the Trojans will be visiting the Arizona Wildcats on Saturday, Oct. 27.

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Trojans open 4th quarter leading Buffaloes 40-6

The Colorado Buffaloes' struggles carried over into the third quarter as the team now finds itself down 40-6 against their conference foes the USC Trojans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Colorado was held scoreless in the third quarter.

After entering halftime down 33-6, the third quarter was more of the same for Colorado, as the team continued to give up significant yardage through the air against Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley.

There's simply been no answer for Barkley, who has completed all but one of his passes, hitting 19 of 20 passes for more than 300 yards and throwing for six touchdowns including one in the third quarter. To show how effective the Trojans offense has been, they have only been forced to punt once today after a three-and-out.

Buffaloes starting quarterback Jordan Webb has been inconsistent and unable to move Colorado down the field the way his counterpart has. Webb has completed 17 of 32 passes for 203 yards but thrown two interceptions.


Trojans dominate Buffaloes in first half

The Colorado Buffaloes struggled mightily in the first half and now find themselves down 33-6 against the USC Trojans at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Colorado's defense was outmatched early in the game against the Trojans offense, allowing big play after big play in the passing game. It took just two snaps for the Trojans to score a touchdown in the game, and that was a sign of things to come.

While the Buffaloes have done well in stopping the Trojans' two-headed running attack that features Silas Redd and Curtis McNeal, the team has been eaten up in the passing game by Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley, who has completed 16 of 17 passes for 269 yards and five touchdowns.

The Buffaloes (1-5) managed just 103 yards through the air and will need to rely on their passing game behind quarterback Jordan Webb in order to have any chance to pull off a comeback on the road. So far, the team's only points have been a pair of field goals off the leg of kicker Will Oliver.


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