Postgame Quotes - Idaho

    Sept. 12, 2015
    USC vs. Idaho
    LA Memorial Coliseum  Los Angeles, Calif.
    Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015

    PAUL PETRINO, Idaho Head Coach
    "Obviously, we got beat, but there were times when I thought our offense played pretty good and Matt (Linehan) played good and we protected pretty well. But they’re better and they played better than us.”

    On why backup QB Jake Luton played
    “We just needed to get him experience. We might need him at some point this season and this is a great place to get some experience for him and there will be a lot easier situations for him to be in.”

    On positives to build on
    “Offensively, there’s a lot we can take away from this. There were some drives, and that’s a difficult team and we drove it well. In the third quarter we drove for a touchdown and almost got another, but were stopped short. Those were two long drives. There were times I thought we protected well against really good football players.

    On Cody Kessler
    “He’s just a really great football player. They have a really good scheme and he has good weapons around him. He’s experienced and accurate and a very good player.

    On USC’s tailbacks
    “All the running backs looked really good against us. We had a hard time tackling. That also means their offensive line did a good job. But when their backs had 1-on-1s they made our guys miss and broke tackles.”

    On JuJu Smith-Schuster
    “He’s big and strong. Being a receiver coach most of my life and having studied all types of receivers, I think he looks just like (NFL receiver) Anquan Boldin – a big, strong, powerful football player.”