Dispatch from the Coliseum

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Thoughts from Saturday's Trojan Huddle, through the eyes of USCRipsIt...

- A turnover-hungry defense controlled a mostly methodical offense to give the cardinal team -- featuring the first-unit offense and second-unit defense -- a 16-10 win in the low-scoring 110-play end-of-spring scrimmage, wrapping up Spring Practice 2009 for the Trojans. "We had a fantastic spring," Coach Carroll said in the team huddle after the game. "Guys were elevating their game all over the place and you brought it one more time today -- like you always do in the Coliseum."

- The offense turned the ball over four times Saturday (three interceptions and a fumble), providing the defense with spectacular stats but drawing the ire of Carroll afterward. "We cannot turn the football over like that and expect to win football games," he said to the players.

- Tailback C.J. Gable had a 45-yard run down the left sideline during the first half of the scrimmage for the longest play of the day.

- Coach Carroll, to the team in the locker room before the scrimmage: "Let's celebrate spring football '09 with our effort today."

- Coach Carroll's claim that the Huddle would be the largest Draft party in the country came true when the Coliseum video board showed a clip of NFL Commissioner Roger Goddell announcing that the New York Jets selected Mark Sanchez with the fifth pick. The crowd and players erupted into cheers upon seeing the news. Carroll also got to speak to Sanchez on the phone immediately after the scrimmage.

- USC alum Willie McGinest and NFL legend Joe Montana were among the 22,565 in attendance at the Coliseum.

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