USC: Steven Threet

Postgame extras: Nickell Robey, Marc Tyler revisit Arizona State

November, 7, 2010
11/07/10
11:40
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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."

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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:



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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:

Postgame thoughts: Arizona State

November, 7, 2010
11/07/10
10:48
AM PT
Notes, quotes and video from USC's 34-33 win over Arizona State on Saturday night at the Coliseum:
  • It was a rollercoaster game, a seesaw game, a wild game and a crazy game -- but it was a victory for USC. It was also "far from perfect," in Trojans coach Lane Kiffin's relieved words after his Trojans pulled out a win over the visiting Sun Devils. "I really felt like, 'Finally," Kiffin said when asked about his emotions. "We just hadn't had many breaks this year where things go our way. It's really good for our players in such a rollercoaster game." Sun Devils coach Dennis Erickson had very similar comments. "The game was as crazy as they get," he said. "You could stay up all night thinking about what could have happened. It was a back and forth seesaw football game. There are 1,000 things that could have made a difference."
  • The Trojans have lost three games this season, two of which were of the variety they handed to Arizona State on Saturday. But the feelings from those games are gone after this win, left tackle Matt Kalil said: "Just like Coach Kiff says, you take a tough loss like that last week -- a win erases everything. It erases all the bad feeling we got and kinda makes you feel good as a team and as a unit, that we kinda stuck together, made big plays when we needed to and pulled off the win."

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Thursday practice report: Breakdown

November, 4, 2010
11/04/10
10:45
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Notes, quotes and video from Thursday's practice:
  • A shorter session for the Trojans on Thursday as Lane Kiffin attempted to conserve his players' energy for a Saturday night game against Arizona State. One unusual drill USC spent some time working on in practice had quarterback Matt Barkley drop back under heavy five- and six-man pass rushes and attempt to deliver on-target passes.
  • Injury report: Hebron 'Loni' Fangupo, center Abe Markowitz (foot), guard John Martinez (foot) and tight end Blake Ayles did not practice. Right tackle Tyron Smith (knee/ankle) and running back C.J. Gable (knee) were limited. Markowitz, who broke his foot in August, was again sporting a boot on his injured foot Thursday. He had been practicing lightly earlier in the week.
  • Freshman cornerback Nickell Robey, who missed Wednesday's practice with an unusual injury we detail below, offered up some quality insight Thursday about Arizona State quarterback Steven Threet, who has thrown 14 touchdowns and 13 interceptions on the season: "He's a real confident guy, as I look on film. Once he makes something good happen, he just starts gunning it to the point where he throws a lot of interceptions. It shows up big-time on film how he gets real overwhelmed with his throwing and everything. He's a great quarterback, though." Robey also said he expects to be called upon for corner blitzes more this week.

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