"He's going to be real," Barkley said of USC Coach Lane Kiffin and the comments Kiffin made about Barkley's performance against Stanford. "He is going to defend me when he has to and he's going to be real when he has to."
Being real meant Kiffin telling it how he saw Barkley's performance play versus the Cardinal play out on film. He said his senior quarterback made two of the worst decisions he's seen during their three years together, when he threw for back to back interceptions against Stanford. "I made some poor decisions," Barkley admitted. "But that's why you watch the film and learn from it."
Barkley finished 20-for-41 for 254 yards on the Farm, including two interceptions and no touchdowns. It was the first time since October 2010 that he failed to complete a pass into the end zone.
"You have games like this," Kiffin said. "These things happen to the best of them. He'll play great this week."
"It's what football is all about," Barkley said when reflecting on the loss. "You enjoy the victories and you learn from your mistakes and tough games like that."