Postgame Videos: USC

Trace Travers, Publisher
Golden Bear Report

Opening Statement:

"First and foremost, we need to give USC a lot of credit. They're a very talented team, well coached, good schemes and they made good plays when it counted. So we give them a lot of credit. We were disappointed. We came into the game expecting to win and we just didn't make enough plays at the critical times. Our guys, they fought and played extremely hard, and we knew it would be a battle against a team like that, and it was. We were tight there until the fourth quarter and then there were a series of plays that we went from 16-13 down 3 getting the ball, and within a matter of minutes it was 30-13 and the end of the game. We have so much to learn from and so much room to grow. Everybody in that locker room is disappointed, but we can't be discouraged. We have some really good guys who are doing good things. We just didn't do what it took today to get the win. So you have to give them credit, but we need to learn and grow from this. No one win or loss will define our season, so we will get back to work on Monday."

On The Turnovers:

"They all come up for different reasons, and we will see why on the tape. You can't turnover the ball six times and expect to beat a team like that, so it's not all on the quarterback. Everyone is involved in that. We need to do a better job on defense. If we turn the ball over on offense, it's an opportunity to make a stop, and we didn't do that enough. There are going to be a lot of plays, but obviously you can't turn the ball over six times against a team like that."

On No Moral Victories:

"Nobody in there came into the game hoping to keep it close. We came in there to play to win and we took that attitude going in and did some good things. We put together some really good drives on offense, did some good things in the return game on kickoff returns. Defensively, we were getting some stops and had some takeaways there, some fourth-down stops. We take plays like that. We just didn't make enough of them. There were some missed opportunities in every phase, offense, defense, special teams and some chances we had to make some plays and didn't make them. When you play a team like that, that's what you need to do to win."

On Bowers:

"It was a tough second half for him. Ross will bounce back. Ross is a tough guy. He plays with guts. He is going to have a lot to learn like a lot of the other players on the team. He'll learn from that and grow from it. I am not worried about Ross. Obviously, we have to clean up the mistakes, but Ross will be okay."

On The Defense:

"We had our opportunities to get off the field a couple times on third downs, but we didn't. We did some good things, made some plays, we just didn't make enough of them. Our tackling could've been better. When you're tackling really good athletes, it's different. You need to run at the ball, and you're probably not going to be a 100 percent on tackles against that team, even though you want to be. No matter what drills you do, they have really talented guys. We had some opportunities for some of those one-on-one finishes we didn't quite make. Every player in every phase has a lot to learn from the tape, and that's what we are going to do.

On assessment of the game:

"I think we came out pretty good today, but we just can't turn the ball over. It's hard to win when you keep giving the other team the ball. We were trying to make too much happen and trying to manufacture something that wasn't there. We weren't executing and they were. A couple of the fumbles hit my arm and were tipped. The first interception was tipped. I have to get the ball out quicker and find ways to get it past them. Credit to them on making plays and they capitalized on our mistakes. We just have to be better in the future."

On what Cal can take away from game:

"This is going to be our motivation. When you're not wanting to work or you want to take a break, we're going to remember this one for a long, long time. This is going to be one that sticks with you. It's going to be hard to get over, but I'm going to use it as fuel to my fire. It hurts right now. I'm really disappointed in how I played, but I'm going to go back and watch the game. We'll figure out what we did well and what we did poorly."

On his interception:

"On the play, I saw the USC quarterback look at Deontay Burnett; I think that was his favorite receiver. I pretty much knew the ball was coming my way. They tried to test my leverage and I turned around and saw it. I was like 'let's go get it.'"

On positive aspects of game:

"Coach Jerry (Azzinaro) always tells us that it's never as good as it seems and it's never as bad as it seems. We lost this game, we did. There's a lot of stuff we can correct to prepare for Oregon. At the same time, we did do some good things in the game and I think we can't just let that fact blow over our heads. We have to keep adding onto that."

On Cal's expectations:

"I don't know if there is any good team that doesn't have high expectations for itself. I would never go into a season, game or practice thinking, 'I hope we only lose by 20' or something like that. We're confident in ourselves. We don't really care whether people think we're going to win or lose. We go into each game expecting to win."

On Cal's feelings after game:

"There's disappointment right now. We can't hang our heads, but we know that was a game we let slip through the cracks. When it boils down to it, we didn't make enough plays. We need to look at the film, correct the mistakes and prepare for next week."

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