Sunday, November 7, 2010
Postgame extras: Nickell Robey, Marc Tyler revisit Arizona State
By Pedro Moura
Video interviews with USC's Marc Tyler and Nickell Robey, plus several quotes that stood out from after USC's 34-33 win over Arizona State on Saturday at the Coliseum:
USC coach Lane Kiffin, on the Sun Devils sometimes-dominant defense: "There's a reason why they're the No. 1 third-down defense in the conference. There's a reason why Oregon was forced to punt 11 times (against them), and there's a reason why Washington State ran for only four yards. It's a really good defense. They played really, really good defense and have really, really physical players. With so many California players on their roster, they came in here with a lot of emotion and energy."
Arizona State linebacker Brandon Magee, on his thoughts after losing a close one to USC -- the Sun Devils' third loss by three points or less this season: "It hurts. You've just got to learn from it. We've got three more games. I think we executed the game plan very well. The whole team wanted to beat them real bad."
USC quarterback Matt Barkley, on his confidence that kicker Joe Houston would convert his third field-goal attempt on the night after missing his first two: "I've believed in Joe this whole year. Even with those two misses early on, I just said that's in the past and we worry about the present. Just focus on the task at hand. I just knew he was going to get it in. I'm so proud of my special teams overall, and Joe coming through for us. It was awesome. That PAT that went for two pretty much sealed the game for us."
USC safety T.J. McDonald, on the performance of the Trojan defensive backs: "You gotta be able to cover and we were really aggressive today. You have to have that swagger. For us to be able to come out there and have people like Marshall step up, it was really big for our defense a big confidence booster for us."
USC linebacker Chris Galippo, on the unusual special teams day, with two blocked punts, a blocked PAT, three missed field goals, a kick return touchdown and unusual punts to boot: "Yeah, it was crazy. For us to block a punt and obviously block that big [PAT] and do what we did out there and for them to run back a kick -- their return game, both punt and kick return, they have a heck of squad -- so, special teams, a lot of people that aren't really involved don't really get it, but it determines a lot of outcomes of a lot of games."
Despite not starting, Tyler's performance against Arizona State was -- in terms of yards, at least -- his second-best of the 2010 season. After picking up for first-time starter Dillon Baxter, he gained 151 yards, including 119 on the ground, and also scored a touchdown on a pass from Matt Barkley.
See what Tyler had to say afterward about his game and about the Trojans' performance as a whole in this video interview:
In a one-on-one video interview on the Coliseum field after the game, Robey analyzed what he said was a great matchup between the Trojans and Sun Devils.
"They played hard, but we played harder," he said. "End of discussion."
Added Robey, when asked about his game-ending interception of Steven Threet on a Hail Mary attempt: "Great way to end the game -- crush everything they wanted to have happen. We got it done."
See all of what the freshman cornerback had to say Saturday: