Sunday, October 23, 2011
USC comments fall on deaf ears
By Matt Fortuna
Don't expect any verbal retaliation from Notre Dame players in wake of a 31-17 loss to USC that led to several Trojans players taking postgame shots at the Irish.
"If they do, they don't know me very well," Brian Kelly said during his Sunday teleconference.
USC took possession at the Irish 49 with 6:43 left in the game following a Nickell Robey interception. It ended the contest with 10 straight Curtis McNeal runs.
Down two scores, Notre Dame did not use any of its timeouts, prompting harsh words from its visitors.
"At the end there, when they didn't call those timeouts, they just quit," USC linebacker Chris Galippo said, according to ESPNLA.com's Pedro Moura. "And that's what Notre Dame football's about. They're not anything like USC."
"We're coming halfway across the country to play these guys," Galippo added. "They hyped it up. This was their Super Bowl. They had 26 or 27 official visits this weekend.
"This was it for them."
Trojans running back Marc Tyler had more toned-down comments about Notre Dame.
"That's what happens when you beat them down," Tyler said. "We wore them out. They didn't want to play no more.
"We out-physicaled them and beat them down."
Kelly did not agree that his team wore down defensively but would not engage in a battle of words.
"I don't know if that's the case," Kelly said. "To the victors go the spoils. I think we probably would have said the same thing last year. Again, how we evaluate our players, we didn't play the kind of football we wanted to play."