Sunday, November 14, 2010
Postgame extras: Matt Barkley, Shareece Wright revisit Arizona
By Pedro Moura
Video interviews with USC quarterback Matt Barkley and cornerback Shareece Wright, plus several quotes that stood out from after USC's 24-21 win over Arizona on Saturday at Arizona Stadium:
USC safety T.J. McDonald, on the Trojans' hopes for the remaining three games of their season: "We still have a chance to have a 10-win season -- which, you know what, not a lot of teams in the country can have a 10-win season, so we still have a chance to get that. We're thinking positive and we got some momentum now."
Arizona linebacker Paul Vassallo, on why the the Wildcats lost: "It's not that they are better than us, but we are making mistakes and beating ourselves."
Arizona receiver David Douglas, who had the crucial fumble in the third quarter that Monte Kiffin later called the play of the game, on the loss: "Close ones are always tough. USC is a great team. The defense has bailed us out a lot of times. They were out there righting hard. Nick (Foles) made some big plays, (Shaquille) Richardson, (Travis) Cobb, they all stepped up."
USC assistant head coach Monte Kiffin, on whether the Trojans were prepared for the quickness of Arizona's offense: "We kinda heard that a little bit. They weren't as fast as Oregon, but they were a pretty fast tempo. That's hard, but we did a good job -- we never got caught with 12 guys on the field or anything like that. Our players did a good job."
USC linebacker Michael Morgan, on whether or not USC was really an underdog in his eyes heading into the game: "No. I've never felt like an underdog in my whole career. Even if we're down I always feel like we can win. We're SC. We play ball."
USC backup quarterback Mitch Mustain, on the Trojans' successful fourth-and-three conversion in the first half, where Mustain found tight end Jordan Cameron for a seven-yard reception down to the Arizona four-yard line: "I'm glad we did it. We had been working on it and it's something that we hadn't done before, so it was kind of exciting. All of us in the huddle were pretty excited about it, and it worked exactly how we planned. The only thing I could ask more is that we score on it. I kinda got excited for a minute after he caught because I thought he might."
USC left tackle Matt Kalil, on the officials' ruling on the would-be blocked PAT returned for two points near the end of the game that was called back because of an offsides penalty: Yeah, I blocked the [PAT], and I guess Shareece was in the neutral zone and the ref said he wouldn't have called it if I hadn't blocked it. I guess because he scooped and scored and ran all the way for a touchdown. Kinda sucks, it's what I've been waiting to do all season. And I finally blocked one, and of course it's a flag."
Arizona Coach Mike Stoops, on his team's game: "I think we played hard and lost to a very good team. USC protected the ball well, threw the ball well. Out kicking game hasn't been very good these past couple weeks, and we really need to work on that. Overall, it just wasn't a good night for us."
Despite a subpar second half, Barkley was very positive after the game about his team's performance.
See what he had to say well after the game ended as he finally emerged from the locker room, with thoughts on Marc Tyler's 160-yard day on the ground, USC's temporary proclivity to throw the ball short and more:
Wright provided some interesting perspective about USC's defensive gameplan Saturday, with insight on the success of Arizona receivers Juron Criner and Terrence Mitchell, the big plays produced by the Trojans and more.
See all of what he had to say on the Arizona Stadium field right after the game: