"He's human. You're going to want the ball," Lane Kiffin said. "It was nothing negative, just from our relationship I could feel it. He was a little down."
7 – Lane Kiffin had to be pleased with the seven-sack performance from his defense on Saturday. The defensive line did a solid job of keeping the Sun Devil quarterbacks out of rhythm for most of the afternoon.
"It wasn't just sacks, we had 56 yards of sacks, we were able to make them not be comfortable with our system," Kiffin said. "Credit to the defensive staff and players."
On the season, the Trojans now have 37 sacks, which is six more than they had all of last season.
10 – Sophomore wide receiver Marqise Lee had another spectacular performance on Saturday, pulling in 10 catches for 161 yards and a touchdown. Lee now has seven games with double-digit receptions this season, and while he isn't going to win the Heisman Trophy, it's hard to argue that he is not the best player in college football right now, and is certainly the Trojans' most dominant wide receiver since Mike Williams or Keyshawn Johnson.
"You kind of expect greatness from him whenever he touches the ball," said Matt Barkley.
And oh by the way, Lee had a pregame scare that had his head coach on edge.
"About 45 minutes before the game Marqise comes in the locker room freaking out because his face is swollen with an allergic reaction," Kiffin explained. "I'm thinking, ‘This isn't happening.'"
17 – The USC defense bounced back after the debacle of the previous two weeks and held Arizona State to a season-low in points (17) and yards (250). There was some uneasiness felt throughout the Coliseum crowd as the Sun Devils' marched down for a score on their second possession of the game, but Monte Kiffin's group tightened up and played solid defense the rest of the way, allowing just a field goal in the second half.
"Other teams have gotten the best of us. It was big time to get our swag back," T.J. McDonald said. "We needed to get that nasty taste out of our mouths."
31 – Lane Kiffin finally committed to the running game, somewhat, and senior tailback Curtis McNeal responded with an impressive 163-yard effort. McNeal has been the forgotten man at times this season but USC fans had to be excited to see him get back in rhythm before the Trojans' final two tests against rivals UCLA and Notre Dame.
McNeal also added a touchdown reception and finished the day with three touchdowns and 185 all-purpose yards for the Men of Troy. The running game and Kiffin's play-calling will need to be much more consistent for the Trojans to get wins over the Bruins and Irish in the coming weeks.
800 – With the 38-17 win over Arizona State on Saturday at the Coliseum, the Trojans have now reached 800 wins in the programs illustrious history. From John McKay to Pete Carroll, from Lynn Swann to Marqise Lee, the Trojans have had great success throughout the decades and have always won with style. USC fans young and old have marveled at the talents of players like: Anthony Munoz, Junior Seau, Marcus Allen, Ron Yary, Matt Leinart, Anthony Davis, Brad Budde, Carson Palmer, Ronnie Lott, Charles White, Rod Sherman, Lynn Swann, Ricky Bell, Bruce Matthews, Tony Boselli, Troy Polamalu and several others.
12,026 – USC quarterback Matt Barkley is now the Pac-12 all-time leader in passing yards with 12,026. Barkley takes over the top spot from former USC great Carson Palmer. Barkley continues to shatter school and conference records, but you can be sure that the senior signal-caller would like to trade in a few of the individual accolades for three more wins on the schedule. With a national championship no longer a possibility, USC fans will have to settle for a chance to end the regular season with wins over rivals UCLA and Notre Dame.