Week 8 Top Performers: USC's Kessler, Ole Miss' Golson, Missouri's Murphy
Southern California fans had 56 reasons to celebrate Saturday night as Trojans quarterback Cody Kessler carved up Colorado for seven touchdowns. Four different receivers caught TDs as USC topped Colorado 56-28. Kessler threw four scores before the sound of the second quarter whistle. His seven touchdowns broke a school record set by predecessor Matt Barkley, who tossed six TDs against the Buffaloes in 2011. USC will need a similar effort next weekend when it faces a streaking No. 19 Utah (5-1), which topped then-No. 8 UCLA on Oct. 4.
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Two-thirds of the earth is covered by water; the rest, seemingly by Ole Miss defensive back Senquez Golson. Golson picked off two passes against Tennessee on Saturday to add to his SEC-leading seven interceptions. He also recovered a Tennessee fumble on an Evan Berry kickoff return. As a unit, the Rebels held Tennessee to a 191 total yards and a field goal. Ole Miss looks to leave Death Valley with a win when the Rebels visit Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to face rival LSU on Saturday.
It took all but 11 seconds to quiet The Swamp as Missouri’s Marcus Murphy returned the opening kickoff 95 yards to the house in the 42-13 rout of Florida on Saturday. But he was not done. Later in the first quarter Murphy rumbled from five yards out to lift Missouri to a 14-0 lead. For his final act, Murphy juked his way to score an 82-yard punt return, evading five would-be tacklers on the way to the end zone. His 224 all-purpose yards eclipsed Missouri’s 119 total yards.