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Cody Kessler sets USC single-game record in win over Colorado

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USC's Cody Kessler shredded Colorado's defense as the Trojans cruised to a win Saturday.

USC's offense had been a bit hit or miss this season, aside from its shellacking of Fresno State in the opener.

All the Trojans needed to get clicking on all cylinders was to play the Colorado defense, apparently.

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Quarterback Cody Kessler threw for a USC single-game record seven touchdown passes to help the team breeze past the Buffaloes, 56-28, in front of a sparse homecoming crowd at the Coliseum.

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Kessler, who threw his first and only interception of the season last week against Arizona, finished the day 19-of-26 for 319 yards and those seven scores. He racked up most of that damage by finding receiver Nelson Agholor, who showed terrific burst and athleticism on his way to a six-catch, 128-yard and three-touchdown afternoon.

Running back Javorius "Buck" Allen continued his impressive breakout campaign, running through the Colorado defense for 128 yards and a touchdown. While Allen had been a key part of Steve Sarkisian's game plan the past few weeks, it was clear the Trojans were going to attack the Buffs early -- and often -- through the air Saturday.

Defensive lineman Leonard Williams, lauded as a potential top-10 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, had another quality showing, frequently drawing double teams all game long while also adding a half sack to his team-leading total (4.5).

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After displaying some early-season progress, Mike MacIntyre's squad looked more like last year's edition Saturday. Quarterback Sefo Liufau finished just 23-of-35 passing for 143 yards with a pair of touchdowns and two picks in a contest he probably would rather forget.

The win by the Trojans keeps them atop the Pac-12 South standings and sets up a big game at Utah next week in Salt Lake City. The winner of that game could gain an inside track to securing a berth in Pac-12 title game.

You can follow Bryan Fischer on Twitter at @BryanDFischer.



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