USC entered the season with Matt Barkley as the team’s Heisman candidate. That could be changing as Marqise Lee continues to have a stellar season for the Trojans, as the sophomore set a single-game school record for receiving yards against the Arizona Wildcats in Tucson this afternoon, surpassing R. Jay Soward’s record of 260 yards set back in 1996 against UCLA as a freshman.
Lee broke the record with 10:37 left in the third quarter on a 44-yard touchdown pass from Matt Barkley, putting him at 299 yards.
Lee had a big first half for the Trojans, catching 12 passes for 255 yards and added one touchdown as the Trojans bounced back from a poor first quarter to take a 21-13 lead into the half. Quarterback Matt Barkley found Lee for multiple big gains, including pick ups of 57 and 50 yards.
Lee came out of the locker room slowly after the first half, missing the first three plays in which Lane Kiffin called three runs before his return brought back the passing attack.
It wasn’t just the 200-yard mark that Lee passed in the first half, as he also hit the 1,000-yard mark for the season and nine touchdown catches.
Despite being arguably the best nation in the country, Lee still is just a sophomore and is not eligible for the NFL Draft until 2014.