Quoting Carroll: Notre Dame Edition

South Bend, Ind. - The USC Trojans captured their eighth straight win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish Saturday night, 34-27. Look inside to see what USC head coach Pete Carroll thought of the thrilling victory.

Carroll on USC's 34-27 victory:

"A good win for us obviously. Anytime you come here and win it's good. Unfortunately the way it turned out, we kept giving opportunities back, let these guys hang around. They played great. I thought Notre Dame played a heck of a football game today. Made us go all the way to the end to hold onto it. That's a good thing. It was a good game.

"We had to do a lot of good things late in the game to hang on to make good decisions to position our guys right to finish it off. Some of it didn't go quite the way we wanted it to. When it came down to it, we found ways to make our plays."

Carroll on the play of freshman QB Matt Barkley:

"Thought it was an extraordinary day for our quarterback. I think you see Matt Barkley is really something. I love him, the way he plays, battles, competes, the plays he's capable of making. There's no limit. So we're just thrilled about that and the way he came through.

"He's just remarkable. There's no way to describe it because there's nobody else to compare him to in our history. He's just so poised and so comfortable in the arena that it doesn't really matter where we're playing; it doesn't affect him."

Carroll on USC's eight straight wins against Notre Dame:

"I just know when we play them, we wind up winning and we play better football on those days. If they beat us, they'd get their wins.

"It's about that day. Doesn't have anything to do with the past to me, doesn't have anything to do with the future. It's that day you play the game, you go for it. We've been able to have a really consistent run at this thing. I can't tell you how thrilled I am to be able to say that. There's not a whole lot more you can enjoy when you're at SC.

"You want these rivalries to go in this order so our fans get used to it. They kind of get, you know, where it's what they expect. It's what we want. The expectations are difficult and challenging, but that's the only way we want it. Fortunately we're on the top end of it."

Carroll on Jimmy Clausen's performance:

"I thought he hung real well. Must have got a bunch of yards in the second half. Like any great quarterback, you have to do everything. Coverage, come after him, drop people off to keep him from getting his rhythm. We were successful in the first half. I really think without the knucklehead 15 yarders that kept moving the football, I think we were going to be okay.

"He's a great football player. We've known that since he was 14. You're seeing the culmination of a career, all that here. He's a great player. Fortunately we got out of here. This is the best he's been. He's extraordinary. You're getting to see that. You guys are lucky to have him."


Pete Carroll and the USC Trojans won their eighth straight over the Irish.


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