Kiffin: We got two good players
- by Administrator 2 years ago
Minnesota went into the Coliseum Saturday and gave the Trojans more than they wanted. USC quarterback Matt Barkley and receiver Robert Woods put up record numbers and the Trojans defense was able to get the final stop it needed to hang on with a 19-17 win.
Woods caught a school record 17 balls for 177 and three touchdowns. Barkley completed a school record 34 passes (according to Kiffin, Barkley was 34 of 45 with 8 drops). However, the Trojans were not able to put a point on the board in the second half.
After the game, Kiffin put it bluntly, "Not scoring a point (in the second half) is hard to imagine...We got two good players on our offense."
Give the Minnesota coaching staff credit. It appeared their players took a few series to get going; but they battled. In fact, after cramping forced their starting quarterback out of the game, the backup came in and went 7 of 13 including a touchdown in the 4th quarter nearly leading the Gophers to the victory.
USC failed trying for two after it's first two touchdowns (kicked the extra point on the final touchdown of the day).