The energy in the Coliseum was contagious Thursday night. The USC squad came out pumped up after two weeks under new interim head coach Ed Orgeron ready to prove themselves to the Trojan Faithful and they did.
It was close in the end, but USC walked away with the 38-31 win over Arizona. It truly was a team effort, as guys all over the roster got touches Thursday night. One of these players was tight end Jalen Cope-Fitzpatrick.
After Xavier Grimble left the game with a shoulder injury, Cope-Fitzpatrick took to the field to help out fellow tight end Randall Telfer. Cope-Fitzpatrick went just one for one, for a 4-yard reception, but was excited to "finally" get more looks on the field.
After the game, Cope-Fitzpatrick gave the credit for the Trojans' win to Orgeron, saying it was his energy that helped pull the team through this chaotic time.
"This season's been pretty crazy, battling through a lot of adversity, but any time you get the W it's a great feeling," said Cope-Fitzpatrick.
"It's a big win, not just for our team but for Coach O," continued Cope-Fitzpatrick. "We really wanted to do it for him and prove to everybody that we're back, and I think we definitely established that tonight."
USC will try to extend their winning streak as they head to South Bend next weekend to take on Notre Dame.