The Trojans’ sophomore phenom Marqise Lee had an incredible performance against Arizona on Saturday, setting a record, while ultimately coming up short on his effort to put his team on carry it to victory. Head coach Lane Kiffin said after the game that Lee is doing things that he’s only seen Reggie Bush do, and Lee’s impact on the stat book is starting to become remarkable halfway through his second season at Troy.
- Marqise Lee set a USC school record with 345 receiving yards vs. Arizona, surpassing R. Jay Soward’s 260-yard performance against UCLA back in 1996. It was only the 14th time in USC history that a receiver went over 200 yards, with the last being Robert Woods last year with 255 against Arizona.
- Lee’s 16 catches put him one behind Robert Woods on the single-game list and 11th on the all-time career passing catching list at USC with 149 catches. Woods holds the career mark with 229 catches after passing Dwayne Jarrett last week vs. Colorado. If the Trojans play a 14-game schedule this season, Woods is on pace to finish with 268 catches. Using that projection, Lee may have to average as little as six receptions per game to pass Woods, if he plays in a maximum of 20 games remaining in his USC career before being draft eligible.
- It was the ninth time that Lee turned in a 100-yard performance at USC on Saturday, tying him with Kareem Kelly and Steve Smith for sixth. His 16 catches put him over eight receptions for the 11th time, with only Keyshawn Johnson(12) and Robert Woods(15) having more.
- For the season, Lee now has 73 catches and 1,129 receiving yards. Both are career highs, surpassing his numbers as a freshman, and rank him second in the nation in both categories.