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    USC-Notre Dame Postgame Quotes

    Oct. 20, 2007

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    Sophomore QB Mark Sanchez

    On his expectations for himself...
    "I expected to play better than last week. I promised myself, before the game, no interceptions. It just can't happen. That's letting the team down- that's taking them out of the game. I didn't want it to happen. Thank God it didn't. We came out with a big time team victory. The offense got rolling a little bit."

    On the difference between last week and this week...
    "I felt really comfortable this week...I was calm. I got the jitters out last week. I just felt like I could just go out and play this week. It was great. The team was behind me. The defense did an unbelievable job of just shutting them out. It was a total team effort. I mean, the guys up front...I think I only hit the ground once, maybe. Running backs were playing a great game. Receivers making huge plays."

    On a win against Notre Dame...
    "That [the win vs. ND] means so much. I wish there was more time for celebrating. But we've got to get going and get ready for the (Oregon) Ducks. I'll celebrate on the plane home. I'll think about it a little bit on Sunday. Then Sunday night, Monday, we've got to get ready for next week. I think later on, down the line, this one's going to mean a lot to me. Because there's a lot of players who come through here and come away with losses. So for us to get a big win like this and make a statement as an offense, and as a team, it means a ton."

    On playing next week...
    "I don't know what's going on. Coach will evaluate my performance. There's still things I need to improve on to be the starter. Hopefully it works out. If not, it will be a fierce competition. I don't want to let it go. Now that I have it, I don't want to look back. I just want to keep rolling. All I can do is keep playing. I can't influence him any more than what I've done today."

    On spreading the ball around...
    "That was the game plan: get the snap and then get the ball out of my hands. We've got the talent to give the ball to guys and let them do whatever they want with it. So that's exactly what we did. We had the protection, and the defense, behind it."

    On the ease of victory...
    "I still don't think it was easy. It might look easy. We still punted the ball seven times. That's a bunch of times they stopped us. We still have a lot to learn, a lot of mistakes to learn from. We'll clear them up and get ready for Oregon."

    Junior LB Brian Cushing

    Overall Comments...
    "We were getting pressure were we needed to and we made plays when we had to. We were executing our defense well and playing up to our capabilities."

    On beating ND...
    "We needed this to get back on track. Like Coach Carroll was saying, we need to get guys healthy and start rolling. This is the time to turn it around."

    ND QB Situation...
    "Whether it was Clausen or Sharpley we knew what we had to do. It didn't matter to us who started. We had a plan and we did what we had to do to execute that plan."

    Freshman SE David Ausberry

    Play of USC Wide Receivers...
    "We need we could beat their DB with their speed. Unfortunately we had a few drop balls but we were able get the win regardless of those mistakes and that's all that matters."

    On USC QB Situation...
    "We can do whatever we need to do no matter who the quarterback is. We are confident in our quarterbacks and in our line that they can pick up any blitz that comes their way."

    On USC's depth...
    "Our depth really helps. Especially at the running back position because we can change it up without missing a beat. As for as our offensive line is concerned, they are little thin right now but they come back it's going to be tough for whoever we play."

    Senior MLB Thomas Williams

    On Shutting Out ND
    "A win is a win whether you get it by one point or 50 points. It is just good to say that they last time you played Notre Dame you were able to shut them out. It's great for confidence and great for memories when you talk with other players years from now."

    Freshman TB Joe McKnight

    Overall Comments...
    "Everyone could do whatever they wanted to do. We were just on our game today. They are good team but we just took advantage of what was given to us. Great coaches put the players in position to do good things and make plays and that's what we did."

    On USC Quarterback...
    "We are confident with whoever is at quarterback. We are the best team and still are the best team no matter who is at quarterback for us."