Barkley finds his range, USC goes up 7-3

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

LOS ANGELES -- It wasn't just that USC went 45 yards in seven plays to take a 7-3 lead. It was that Matt Barkley made his first "real" completion.

That would be his 10-yard throw to David Ausberry on second and 9 that gave USC a first-and-goal on San Jose State's 4-yard line.

Barkley rolled to his left and rifled the pass to Ausberry. It wasn't perfectly on target, but it was the first time Barkley seemed to really heave it. He had an open man short in the flat, but he looked for a bigger play and made it.