Rookie Trojan corner and safety John Plattenburg doesn't look or play like a true freshman. Doesn't sound like one either.
So here the young man from Houston was talking about what it was like to be on the field at crunch time against a Wildcat team pushing hard and a stadium full of fans screaming at the end like an old pro.
"You can't make it stressful," he said. "When the opportunity comes along to make plays, you've got to make plays. I wasn't nervous at all."
"I was telling myself just 'to stay consistent,' " he said. "Everybody has to do their part. We all have a job. We all have a role, whether you're a redshirt or a freshman or whatever you are. Whatever I can to with my ability to do it then I'll do it."
BY THE NUMBERS
800 & 800For the second time against Arizona, the USC program won its 800th game, Thanks to the NCAA sleazeballs, USC was forced to vacate 14 wins and so the last time USC reached the 800 mark, against Arizona in 2012, is only that. Just one milestone in getting to 800 wins. Now after the 14 wins were subtracted, USC got back to No. 800 again, also against Arizona, in 2014.
12-4USC's record against Arizona in Tucson.
50The number of originally recruited scholarship players USC suited up for the Arizona game, the fewest all year.
195The number of passes Cody Kessler threw over the last two seasons without a pick before Joe McKnight's younger brother, Jonathan, managed it in Tucson.
200 . . . 4For the fourth time this season, USC finished with more than 200 yards rushing.
205-154Buck Allen's career-high 205 rushing yards were 51 more than his previous career-high of 154. He just keeps getting better and better with his fifth career 100-yard rushing game and ninth in the past 12 games. He's the first USC back since Reggie Bush and LenDale White to get at least 100 rushing yards in five games since Reggie and LenDale did it in 2005.
Last playFor the first time since back-to-back losses to Washington and Stanford in 2010, USC lost on the last play of the game last week against ASU. But it could have been a replay this week if Casey Skowron's field goal from 37 yards out hadn't mssed. It's been since 2000 and a 32-30 loss to Stanford that USC lost on a last-second pass play.
2. . . 2USC's D-line transfers, Delvon Simmons and Claude Pelon, each now have a blocked field goal this season after Pelon got one to end the first half.
101/472, 69/424Despite a deficit of 32 in the number of plays -- 101 for Arizona to USC's 69, the Trojans managed to gain 424 yards on offense a 6.1 yard average per play to Arizona's 4.7.
13 for 103USC's penalty numbers dwarf Arizona's four for 35.
Injury report:Adoree Jackson has a pulled groin and hip flexor issue but said he should definitey be ready to go next week. So should Andre Heidari who also had a groin pull that prevented him from kicking against Arizona. Randall Telfer got dinged on his knee but was back in there later, finished up and should be ready next week. And finally, Kevon Seymour is still battling the illness, never specified, that kept him out of much of time and had to take some time off at the end of the Arizona game.
BUCK ALLEN On his late-blooming stardom: "Good things come to him who waits . . . my grandma told me that."
JONATHAN LOCKETT on being out there at crunch time for the first time: "I was very nervous . . . I knew they were coming at me ."
LEONARD WILLIAMS On the final two-point extra point that he stuffed on the short run after a penalty: "I wasn't sure what they were going to call but I knew what we were going to call and I knew we had to execute. Arizona's a great team but it's about us. As long as we execute our gameplan, I had a good feeling about it."
ANDRE HEIDARI On missing the game with a pulled groin: "At least we didn't get into a field goal situation so I didn't miss anything."
ADOREE JACKSON On his injury (pulled groin and hip flexor): "I'm taking it day by day . . . Next week I'm going to get out there and tee it up."
ARIZONA COACH Rich Rodriguez On Buck Allen: "We didn't tackle Allen very well . . . Most of his yards were after contact."
ARIZONA SAFETY Jared Tevis On Allen: "Javorius Allen is a great player, he's a tough player . . . a couple of times we tried to strip the ball before securing the tackles and that's where they got some of the big runs. So most importantly you have to secure the tackles."
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