Postgame extras: Dillon Baxter's debut and more

September, 12, 2010
9/12/10
3:01
PM PT
Video interviews with Jurrell Casey and Dillon Baxter, plus several quotes that stood out among the many utterances of disappointment from USC players and coaches after Saturday night's 17-14 win over Virginia:

Lane Kiffin, on his postgame feelings: "The disappointing part is for the Trojan family, the Trojan fans, as far as me. I know how excited they were, tons of people at the Trojan Walk well before the game, the crowd was great, and we disappointed them. I would have loved for it to be like the old days. Even at the half, as they were hanging around, if we could have just blown it open it would have been like the old days. That’s probably the biggest disappointment."

Left tackle Matt Kalil, on what Kiffin told them about penalties in the locker room after the game: "He really didn't ream us on that. We know. We know we made a lot of penalties and we know we can't have that. We had two touchdowns called back because of big penalties and that's definitely a big aspect of our game we are going to improve."

Freshman cornerback Nickell Robey, on the nerves behind his Coliseum debut: "I was a little overwhelmed in the beginning, but I wasn't confused at all. We prepared great for the game, but for a true freshman coming in, being in front of like 90,000 fans, it was really exciting. I think I was a little too excited so I made a couple mistakes but I came back and got right in the second half.

Right guard Khaled Holmes, on whether he agreed with Kiffin's assessment that the win sort of felt like a loss: "It didn't feel like the best win, that's for sure. I don't know if it was quite like a loss, but we fell short of our expectations for sure on offense. The defense had a hell of a night. Whenever you don't play as well as you should, you're a little disappointed. But you can't really complain; we're 2-0."

Safety T.J. McDonald on what happened on his first-quarter interception -- Robey said it "really set the tempo for the defense" -- and how he felt after making it: "I stayed backside on the play and I was hoping for somebody to come across. Somebody did, the quarterback threw it and I made the play. It feels real good. I've been waiting for this day to come for a while. I can't even express how it feels, but it feels real good."

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Baxter gave himself a 'B' for his collegiate debut and credited the Trojans' offense for distributing the ball against the Cavaliers, but he did make one noteworthy proclamation after the game Saturday in talking about USC's next non-conference opponent.

"I can't wait to play Minnesota and I got something for their linebackers too," Baxter said.

See what else the true freshman said on Saturday:



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Casey, who moved over to nose tackle for the game to accommodate defensive end Nick Perry's re-insertion into the starting lineup after a sprained ankle, said he was pleased with the overall performance of the Trojans' defensive line.

See what else Casey had to say after the game, beginning with his comments on Perry's play:

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