Sunday, October 10, 2010
Postgame extras: Robert Woods' big day and more
By Pedro Moura
Video interviews with USC's Chris Galippo and Robert Woods, plus several quotes that stood out from USC's 37-35 loss to Stanford at Stanford Stadium on Saturday:
Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, on how the game ended: "You hope that your field goal teams can put the work in and that your kicker has the right frame of mind. That unit to make the kick -- elation."
Kicker Joe Houston, on his thought process when Stanford's Nate Whitaker missed a point-after attempt with 10 or so minutes to go in the game : "Well, I knew that when he missed it put them up by six. And I knew that we just needed a touchdown and I'd have a chance at redemption."
Linebackers coach Joe Barryon Luck, who not only torched USC for an 83 percent completion percentage but also ran for 40 yards: "That kid's a great quarterback. Not a good quarterback -- a great quarterback, and we knew coming in that we were going to have to contain him not only via the air but on the ground. I think for the most part we did an OK job. We define explosion runs as 12-yard runs or more, and I think we gave up a couple explosion plays to him on the ground -- and, again, that's too many."
Quarterback Matt Barkley, on whether this loss would lead to a slippery slope where players stop caring so much about game outcomes: "That's not gonna happen. We have leaders on our team. We have guys on our team who won't let that happen. I won't let that happen and I don't see that coming anytime. We're Trojans and that's not us. I believe in our defense, I believe in our coaching staff and I believe we can bounce back."
Safety Jawanza Starling, on whether he felt the Trojans played better against Stanford than they had in the loss to Washington and even in weeks past: "Well, numbers-wise we played a lot better. But with a defeat it doesn't matter if you play good or play worse, it's still the same outcome."
Woods had a gigantic game, with 12 catches for 224 yards and three touchdowns. But the most impressive part of his performance Saturday might have been a very telling anecdote that Galippo revealed postgame.
USC coach Lane Kiffin ordered Woods off the kickoff coverage units after he scored his third touchdown on the night with just over 11 minutes to go, and defensive coordinator/disciplinarian Ed Orgeron -- on crutches, no less -- had to take the receiver's helmet from him to prevent him from getting onto the field for the special-teams play.
Explained Woods: "I just wanted to help out the team, do whatever I can."
See what else the true freshman had to say Saturday:
Galippo switched off with Devon Kennard at middle linebacker throughout the game Saturday, a decision we detailed in our postgame thoughts. Barry was pleased with Galippo's performance -- despite his late penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct -- and Galippo himself seemed fairly pleased with how he did.
See what else Galippo said Saturday, including his comments on the Trojans' effort and Stanford's physicality: