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Sunday, October 31, 2010
Postgame extras: Ronald Johnson, Wes Horton talk missed opportunities

By Pedro Moura

Video interviews with USC's Ronald Johnson and Wes Horton, plus several quotes that stood out from after USC's 53-32 loss to Oregon on Saturday at the Coliseum:

USC running back Marc Tyler, on whether the Trojans developed an offensive rhythm: "I felt that last game. I felt it tonight, for a half or a quarter. Then, for some reason, it stopped."

Oregon receiver Jeff Maehl, on the pace and finish of the game: "It was a different game for us, especially in the second half. We kept pushing and knew our offense would start wearing them down...Give credit to them. They didn't let us have the big explosions. We had to chip away. I'm happy we came out with a win."

USC safety Jawanza Starling, on what went wrong for the Trojans after a fairly solid first quarter and a third quarter that saw them take the lead: "We came out in the second half doing pretty good, but we kinda got away from ourselves, missing a lot and not getting ready a lot. The tempo wasn't anything that we haven't practiced all week for or anything, it was just missing keys. That's how they get all their big breaks, you know -- a breakdown, a mental mistake or something, that's how they get big plays. That's how their offense runs."

Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas, on why the Ducks were able to keep running -- even in the content's final seconds -- and how they managed to keep up the pace on offense: "One of the things we emphasized this week was tempo. We knew this was a big team and we needed to go faster. But we have to wait on the refs. We just wait for the refs to put the ball down and get out of the way."

USC cornerback Shareece Wright, on that tempo: "Playing a full game in that tempo, they don't slow down at all, and they execute. We have to play a complete game. We were good in the first, didn't execute in the second and came out and stopped them in the third. But we have to play a complete game.

USC quarterback Matt Barkley, on whether or not the Trojans still have a homefield advantage at the Coliseum: "There is an advantage at home, but ultimately fans aren't going to win a game for us. We have to execute, and if we aren't making plays it doesn't matter if we are home or away -- we aren't going to win."

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Johnson, who had four catches for 65 yards and a touchdown against Oregon, talked afterward about USC's offense -- more specifically, why USC's offense wasn't as effective against the Ducks as it had been against Cal two weeks prior.

See what he had to say Saturday as he walked out of the locker room, one of the last Trojans to leave:



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Horton returned to the field after missing three games with an injured back, and his presence made an obvious difference on a number of plays. He was the one who tipped the throw from Thomas that ended up being intercepted by Jurrell Casey.

See what Horton had to say on the field directly after the game, with thoughts on the defensive performance, Oregon's offense and more: