USC quarterback Mark Sanchez is the first to admit that he struggled on Saturday, throwing three interceptions and losing a fumble, but the junior quarterback said he learned some lessons from his subpar performance and is ready to move on to the next challenge.
"It's never as bad or good as it looks on Saturday," Sanchez said.
The junior quarterback showed grit and determination by making the start on Saturday, despite missing the majority of practice all week, and wasn't going to use his limited preparation as an excuse.
"I had the game plan nailed," Sanchez said. "Mentally I was prepared; I watched all the film and got plenty of reps in practice. It was just an off day.
"It was just a tough couple of series in a row, and really good lessons to learn on each drive, especially when we get the win doing it."
While Sanchez was disappointed in his personal performance as the leader of the team his main focus is to win games, which the Trojans did thanks to their dominating defense.
"It's funny to me that people judge your stats," Sanchez said. "I mean I played better against Oregon State and we lost. As a football player and the quarterback of this team, we'll take a win any day.
"We'll take the win, move on and learn."
McKnight Out in a Boot
Tailback Joe McKnight, who is coming off a performance in which he rushed for a career-high 143 yards, was wearing a boot at practice on Monday because of a hurt toe.
"This is a hard one to tell," Carroll said. "This is a real critical and painful injury for a running back. This is the same thing that Zack Heberer has."
McKnight will get an X-ray on his toe on Tuesday.
News and Notes
- Defensive tackle Fili Moala was named the Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week after blocking two field goal attempts against the Arizona State Sun Devils.
- Stafon Johnson was ill and didn't attend practice.
- Brian Cushing didn't practice because of a bruised shoulder.
- With Stafon Johnson and Joe McKnight missing practice, Broderick Green got extra reps at tailback and Coach Carroll was very pleased with his performance.