LOS ANGELES -- USC coach Lane Kiffin said one of his players apologized to him Sunday morning for saying the Trojans were underprepared for their 21-14 road loss to Stanford on Saturday.
That player, starting tight end Randall Telfer, said after Saturday’s game that USC’s players “tried to take [Stanford] lightly,” adding “that’s probably the reason why we lost.”
He also indicated the Trojans were overwhelmed by the then-No. 21 Cardinal.
“All around, we probably weren’t prepared as we should’ve been for this team,” Telfer, a third-year player, said after the game. “They’re a really good team.”
Kiffin, speaking in his Sunday evening conference call with reporters, said Telfer was caught by media members “as he was walking out and frustrated.”
“What he was really trying to say was he felt he didn’t do as good as he could have,” Kiffin said. “He wasn’t really saying it in that direction.”
Kiffin said he disagreed with Telfer’s assertion and did not feel outcoached by Stanford’s David Shaw."
“No, I don’t think we were underprepared,” Kiffin said. “Like I said after the game, [Stanford] did a great job.
“Give credit to their defensive staff. They really did a good job, threw a bunch of different looks at us. Their guys played really hard.”
Telfer, from Rancho Cucamonga, started Saturday’s game for USC and caught four passes for 20 yards. With the loss, the Trojans fell from No. 2 in the AP Top 25 to No. 13. Stanford jumped from No. 21 to No. 9.
USC next plays Cal on Saturday at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum.