What Lincoln Riley said after coaching his first game at USC

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All of the buzz around the USC Trojans football team over the past 10 months finally reached the big stage on Saturday afternoon.

Lincoln Riley answered the call perfectly with a 66-14 victory over Rice at the Coliseum. It was a wonderful — if hot — afternoon in Los Angeles, and after a disappointing four-win campaign in 2021 (one that felt neverending), all of that is in the past after Riley’s first victory as USC head coach.

If 4-8 was a disappointment last year, 8-4 will feel like a disappointment this year, given the riches USC has on offense. One can see how high USC’s ceiling might become, but the story of Week 1 is that the floor is already far higher than at any point in the Helton era, save the Sam Darnold years.

There are a ton of takeaways from this game, including the batch of pick-sixes from the defense (which were literally takeaways). After the game, Lincoln Riley addressed reporters and issued a number of interesting quotes after his first game wearing the USC visor.

NOT EVEN STARTING

FOUR?

ANXIETY AND BUTTERFLIES

NOT THIS TIME

SOLO

Story originally appeared on Trojans Wire