The USC Trojans beat the Arizona State Sun Devils 38-17 on Saturday, and Marqise Lee had another standout day for Troy. Despite an illness that head coach Lane Kiffin mentioned to the media in the postgame, Lee had 227 all-purpose yards, which pushes his season total to 2,234, while averaging 17.1 yards per touch.
Lee leads the nation in receptions with 98, receiving yards with 1,447 and is third in the nation with 13 touchdown catches.
What’s really set Lee apart this season is his ability to make the big play, as he’s tied for the NCAA lead with seven plays of 50 yards or more, and is the only player with four 70-plus yard gains not only this season, but going back to at least before 2009, before the stat was being kept.
With 10 catches vs. Arizona State on Saturday, Lee extended his record for the most career 10-reception games at USC to nine, eight of which have come this season.
But that’s not the only record, along with the most receiving yards in a game record, that Lee will grab this season. Here’s where he ranks in two of the most prestigious single-season records at USC.
Single Season Pass Catching Leaders at USC
1. Robert Woods (2011), 111 receptions
2. Keyshawn Johnson (1995), 102 receptions
3. Marqise Lee (2012), 98 receptions
4. Mike Williams (2003), 95 receptions
5. Dwayne Jarrett (2005), 91 receptions
Single Season Receiving Yards Leaders at USC
1. Johnnie Morton (1993), 1,520 yards
2. Marqise Lee (2012), 1,447 yards
3. Keyshawn Johnson (1995), 1,435 yards
4. Keyshawn Johnson (1994), 1,362 yards
5. Mike Williams (2003), 1,314 yards
Lastly, Lee’s 2,234 all-purpose yards put him just 449 yards behind the official USC record that Marcus Allen set back in 1981. Reggie Bush had 2,890 yards in 2005, but due to the vacation of his efforts that season his Pac-12 record is off the board.
Nonetheless, Lee is on pace to break Allen’s record vs. Notre Dame in two weeks, and has a chance at besting Reggie Bush’s record come the postseason. That is of course, if teams decide to kick to Lee, as Arizona State chose to pooch kick on Saturday.