Report: USC's Barkley to start vs. Washington St.

BY foxsports • September 24, 2009

USC true freshman Matt Barkley will start at quarterback in the Trojans' home game against Washington State on Saturday, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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Coach Pete Carroll said Barkley is "going to give us the best chance to win right now," the Times reported on its Web site Wednesday night.

Barkley, who has been battling a bruised shoulder, missed the No. 12 Trojans' loss at Washington last week because of the injury. His replacement Aaron Corp was mediocre, going 13-for-22 for 110 with one interception and zero touchdowns.

On the other hand, Barkley led the Trojans to two wins — including a come-from-behind victory at Ohio State.

Not counting the return of Barkley, Washington State still has a tall order ahead of itself. USC (2-1) hasn't lost back-to-back games since the fourth and fifth games of Carroll's first season at the school in 2001.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.