Postgame extras: Shareece Wright on defensive issues and more

October, 3, 2010
10/03/10
5:22
PM PT
Video interviews with Washington's Jake Locker and USC's Shareece Wright, plus several quotes that stood out from after USC's 32-31 loss to Washington at the Coliseum on Saturday:

Coach Lane Kiffin, on whether his team's first loss will change the way he looks at the upcoming weeks of the 2010 season: "It doesn't change our approach. You have to remember you can't change a lot because of a missed field goal. In this profession you aren't going to think you can change a bunch of things. We need to finish people off. Earlier in the season, we were up by more and we didn't necessarily finish them off either, and this time it came back to get us."

Wright, on his and his teammates' tackling inconsistency: "Those hard hits, I gotta wrap up on them. I missed a lot of tackles, too, and we all did as a defense. Those big hits can be momentum-changers and they can change the way the offense plays, if they're scared to get hit."

Quarterback Matt Barkley, on the perils of his interception-free performance: "I didn't throw any picks, that was a good thing. I think the negative thing is sometimes I was too focused on not throwing an interception on those clutch drives. I should have made those passes like the touchdown to David Ausberry and the third down to Jordan Cameron. I was more focused on not turning the ball over. That's a good thing, but there has to be a time to get the ball and convert that first down. It's disappointing when you walk away like that, to watch field goals as an offense when you can't do anything about it -- kind of the same feeling as last year."

Running back Dillon Baxter, on if it was frustrating to stand on the sidelines with such a tense game unfolding: "I definitely could've made some plays, but when you watch over the film, there's opportunities where we could've won the game without me. We could've won the game if Joe (Houston) didn't miss a field goal, if Matt didn't overthrow (Ausberry), so there was a whole bunch of stuff."

Washington coach Steve Sarkisian, on the overall spirit of the game: "I feel like I just played. It was a very good football game to be a part of. We challenged our kids two weeks ago after Nebraska with being competitive and battling.

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Locker, the undisputed star of the game, spoke to the media twice -- once, immediately after the game on the Coliseum field, which he quickly interrupted by saying he'd like to go celebrate with his teammates.

The second time, in the Coliseum tunnel well afterward, he stayed a while longer and provided some interesting nuggets, including the comment that this victory was the best and biggest of his career.

See all of what he had to say:



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Wright had plenty more to say about the day the defense had and what the Trojans could do to fix their wide-reaching problems in the future. He was quick to complement Locker as well.

See what USC's leader in the secondary had to say Saturday:

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