Record day for Marqise Lee ends up one fingertip short

Let's imagine a world in which Marqise Lee catches Matt Barkley's last-second Hail Mary on Saturday against Arizona in Tucson. Tack on those 48 yards to the 345 Lee already had in the bank, and you'd have the second biggest single-game individual receiving total in FBS history behind only Troy Edwards' 405-yard day in 1998.

You'd have 17 receptions and three touchdowns. You'd have a USC win and a final play for the ages, comparable to Flutie-to-Phelan "Miracle in Miami" (a similar bit of footage btw.)

Instead we're left with: a gnawing sense of what could have been. The slow-motion tells the story of how close Lee came to making the final catch:

As it is, Lee shattered the Pac-12 single-game record for receiving yards -- by the midpoint of the third quarter  -- and finished with 478 all-purpose yards. It's that last quarter inch that haunts.

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