A "book-keeping" error on the part of the league, as reported by The Oregonian, shows that current all-time leader Matt Barkley actually has 12,327 career passing yards, not the 12,274 yards he was believed to have at the end of his career with USC.
It's only a difference of 53 yards, which could equate to one deep ball or a few bubble screens and slants. Either way, Mannion, who has 11,339 yards, now needs 988 more passing yards to set the all-time record after throwing for 275 yards in a win last week over San Diego State.
Through three games, Mannion is averaging 301 passing yards per game, which ranks third in the Pac-12 and 17th nationally. He's completing 67.3 percent of his throws, with four touchdowns and a pair of interceptions.
Heading into Saturday's game at USC, Mannion is third on the Pac-12's all-time passing list behind Carson Palmer (11,818).
Matt Barkley's Pac-12 Record Passing Mark Grows
ESPN Pac-12 reporter David Lombardi reacts to a "book-keeping" error by the Pac-12 increasing Matt Barkley's passing record by 53 yards and what this means for Oregon State's Sean Mannion's chances of passing Barkley.