From the locker room: UCLA 35, USC 14

November, 30, 2013
11/30/13
10:54
PM PT
LOS ANGELES -- Notes, quotes, and anecdotes from the Coliseum after the Trojans (9-4, 6-3 Pac-12 South) lost to UCLA (9-3, 6-3 Pac-12 South).

USC interim head coach Ed Orgeron

Opening statement: "Obviously a disappointing performance by the team. I think it was the worst performance we have had since we have started back together. We started off very slow and weren't able to run or pass the ball. We couldn't stop [Brett] Hundley on the quarterback draw. We didn't play well on special teams. No excuses. We just didn't play well."

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Kirby Lee/USA TODAY SportsUCLA quarterback Brett Hundley accounted for 288 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns.
On stopping UCLA QB Hundley: "We tried everything. We tried what we call a push rush. We started blitzing and they started splitting us. It seemed like everything that we did they countered. Give them credit."

A slow start: "We started fast on defense, but we weren't able to convert that to offense. We didn't move the chains. We felt we got behind a little bit. We played well in spurts, but the sacks really hurt us. The kickoff returns, kicking the ball into the middle of the field hurt us. We just weren't very consistent and overall didn't play well."

The energy level: "I thought the energy level was very high before the game, about as high as it's ever been. We tried to sustain, guys had energy, but we weren't as consistent as we have been in the last couple of games."

The future: "We don't know. We set out to go eight weeks in a row, one week at a time, one game at a time. Obviously, we are disappointed, especially when you don't beat UCLA and Notre Dame. That is what a head coach at USC is supposed to do. What the future holds, we don't know. But I do know this -- this group of young men and coaches will always be in my heart and what they've accomplished through extreme conditions. They have grown as a team, and I am proud of them."

UCLA head coach Jim Mora

Assessment: "That was one heckuva of game and a lot of fun. It reminded me when I was a kid coming here when my dad was coaching at UCLA and coming here watching both teams in their home uniforms. I had flashbacks. What a great night. Both teams were so competitive.

"Our defense played its butts off. We kept it simple and played hard. We got after the quarterback, and they ran the ball well for awhile, but we got that under control, too. It's no secret -- it's about playing with good technique and then setting hour hair on fire and playing football."

More notes and anecdotes

Key(s) to victory: UCLA duel-threat quarterback Hundley ran for two touchdowns and accounted for 288 yards in total offense, as the Bruins were too much for the Trojans on both offense and defense.

The thermometer: Temperature at kickoff in Los Angeles was 68 degrees.

The offensive scoring average: The Trojans scored 14 points against UCLA. Prior to the game with the Bruins, the Trojans were averaging 29.8 points per game.

USC QB Cody Kessler comments: "Obviously it's never good when you lose two offensive linemen in the same game. It didn't change much. We didn't change the playbook at all, we didn't execute. Don't blame this man (Orgeron) or the coaches, it is on us, and we didn't execute. That is 100 percent on us, the players."

The defensive scoring average: The Trojans allowed 35 points to UCLA. Prior to the Bruins game, the Men of Troy were allowing 20.2 points per game.

Defensive evaluation: According to Trojans defensive end Devon Kennard, "He (Brett Hundley) is a good quarterback and scrambled around. Coach put us in great positions, we just needed to get him down."

Offensively below average: Prior to the UCLA game, the Trojans were averaging 398.8 yards per game in total offense. Against the Bruins, the Trojans had 314 total yards on offense.

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Charles Baus/CSMCassius Marsh and the UCLA defense sacked Cody Kessler six times and recovered two fumbles.
More Kessler: "They did a good job rushing. There [were] some caused turnovers and some bad decisions on my part. There is nothing we can pinpoint right now until we see the film. There is still another game to get that fixed."

Defensive struggles: Prior to the UCLA game, the Trojans were allowing an average of 337.0 total yards on defense. Against the Bruins, the Men of Troy allowed 396 total yards.

Making a points statement: UCLA's 35 points was its most at the Coliseum since a 45-20 win over the Trojans in 1970. The Bruins 21-point win over the Men of Troy was its biggest in the series since the same game.

Below the rush: Prior to the UCLA game, the Trojans were averaging 177.1 yards per game rushing. Against the Bruins, the Men of Troy rushed for 140 net yards.

The Buck stops here: Tailback Javorius "Buck" Allen's 11-yard touchdown run was his team-best 12th rushing score and team-best 13th touchdown of the season.

Rushing holes: Prior to the UCLA game, the Trojans defense was allowing 122.0 yards rushing per game. Against the Bruins, the Men of Troy allowed 188 net yards rushing.

By George: Defensive tackle George Uko said, "We still had a great season. We just didn't execute tonight. They got us tonight. We'll be ready for the bowl game, because we want to be together and play again."

Below the pass: Prior to the UCLA game, the Trojans were averaging 221.8 passing yards per game. Against the Bruins, the Cardinal and Gold passed for 174 yards.

Neon Dion: Safety Dion Bailey was impressed with UCLA quarterback Hundley. Bailey said, "We didn't tackle well tonight. We let the quarterback run all over us tonight. His legs beat us."

Air defense: Prior to the UCLA game, the Trojans were allowing 215.0 passing yards per game. Against the Bruins, the Men of Troy allowed 208 passing yards.

The flag is not up: Prior to the UCLA game, the Trojans were averaging 56.7 penalty yards per game. Against the Bruins, the Trojans were penalized just three times for 30 yards.

Top tacklers: The Trojans defense was led by linebacker Hayes Pullard with 14 tackles, followed by safety Demetrius Wright with 10 stops.

The infirmary: Left leg injuries to Trojans junior center Marcus Martin and junior right guard Aundrey Walker. Linebacker Quinton Powell suffered a wrist injury.

Scouting the talent: NFL scouts in attendance included representatives from the San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears.

Bowled over: In attendance were representatives from the Alamo, Holiday and Sugar bowls.

Bowl destination: The Trojans official bowl assignment will be announced Sunday, Dec. 8.

Greg Katz | email

Columnist, WeAreSC.com

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C. Kessler452315382639
RUSHINGCARYDSAVGTD
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