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Sunday, September 19, 2010
Postgame extras: Armstead's shoulder may be a problem, more

By Pedro Moura

MINNEAPOLIS -- Video interviews with Armond Armstead and T.J. McDonald, plus several quotes that stood out from the Trojans after USC's 32-21 win over Minnesota at TCF Bank Stadium:

Coach Lane Kiffin, on the Trojans' three failed two-point conversion attempts: "It kills some momentum. But there are certain looks on our two-point conversions where we're going to go for it. They're not all going to work, but we'd like to think that when we make those decisions the percentages are in our favor. That's why we're making the decision. Like anything in football, it doesn't always go as planned."

Cornerback Nickell Robey, on his pass-interference penalty: "I didn't like that call. I thought that was a bad call by the refs on that one. It clearly looked like I had the interception. It was like he got me more than I got him." On the coaches' thoughts of it: "They just said it was a bad call by the refs. They agreed right with me, on my side 100 percent."

Receiver Robert Woods, on his 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown: "It helped the team. It picked us up, and it helped the team get going. I knew I had it when I first hit the hole -- from the first block you could tell it was open right away."

Left tackle Matt Kalil, on the offensive line's performance against the Gophers compared to the Virginia game: "We could always improve, but I felt like, assignment-wise, we were executing a lot better than last game. We took advantage of a lot of big plays and I think we're just gonna keep improving from this point on."

Receiver Ronald Johnson, on if he was thinking about the possibility of a flag on his 53-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter: "Definitely. I looked back, no flags, and it was great. I was thinking like, 'Oh, I hope nobody holds, I hope nobody holds.' But we did good though. We did good as a unit."

Linebacker Malcolm Smith, on whether it makes his job easier to have the defensive line pressuring the quarterback and disrupting the run lanes, as it did Saturday: "It makes it pretty easy. I know when two or three guys are blocking me that guys missed their assignment and our guys are in the backfield, so we definitely like that -- getting tackles for loss and all that, team activity."

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Armstead missed a good amount of practice last week because of what was at first an unspecified injury -- later clarified to be a shoulder injury, and now even later clarified to be an AC sprain of his left shoulder.

Armstead, a junior, said the injury was bothering him a good deal in the second half of Saturday's game but expects not to miss any game action because of it. He did indicate it was a possibility he would miss more practice this week as well.

See what else Armstead had to say in the TCF Bank Stadium halls after the game:



McDonald played solidly again Saturday, although he spent much of the game playing as a glorified linebacker -- resembling Taylor Mays' 2009 season a bit, in fact.

See what the sophomore safety had to say about that after the game and also hear his thoughts on his teammate Jawanza Starling's first career interception, the defense's continued improvement and more: