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By: UCLA Athletics

Dec. 4, 2010

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USC 28, UCLA 14 - Game Notes
Rose Bowl - Pasadena, Calif.
December 4, 2010

UCLA head coach Rick Neuheisel

opening remarks
"Congratulations to Coach Kiffin and the Trojans - a well-earned victory. A difficult, bitter loss for us. We certainly had our chances and plenty of opportunities. At 7-7, we have the ball headed toward the red zone, there's a holding call, we jump offsides, and then a fumble and they return it for a touchdown. Our defense was valiant in the third quarter to make some plays downfield, and unfortunately we didn't take advantage of it. We pinned them down inside their own five-yard line, and they made 16 yards there, and the drive resulted in another touchdown. We drove the ball down there, had a chance to catch the ball in the end zone and didn't make the play. That's what it comes down to. We didn't make the play. We have to get better. We have to perform better. We certainly played hard. There was absolutely zero quit on my team. They are great, great guys to coach. I could never ask for better people to be around. But as a group of people, we have to perform at a higher level to compete with the teams that are, obviously, ahead of us. We have to figure out the formula to get that done. We're looking forward to getting that process started. But again, congratulations to USC.

on Johnathan Franklin's playing time after the second-quarter fumble
"I don't think he was benched at all. I don't know why the playing time diminished. Coach [Wayne] Moses handles the running backs' playing times. Maybe he was dinged. I'll have to ask.

on juniors Rahim Moore and Akeem Ayers potentially leaving for the NFL
"I don't think that's the right approach. It's not my place to make them stick around. I want them to get the proper information and for them to get the best advice possible to make an informed decision. Certainly, we at UCLA would love to have them back. We'd like for them to finish their degrees. At the beginning and end, that is what we are here for. Both of them are close and on pace. But, these are financial decisions. So they have to get the best advice and counsel possible. Hopefully they'll do that before entertaining an agent, which precludes them from having the chance to stay. I like both kids and hope like heck that they make good decisions and we'll support them with however they decide.

on quarterback Richard Brehaut's performance
"He was valiant. Still some young mistakes, like that interception in the third quarter. It's understandable in the midst of this competition, but you can't have that mistake in a game like this. Three turnovers and one for a touchdown was the result of this game. It's 10-7 if we don't fumble a ball and then kick a field goal. I'm sick about Kai [Forbath] not getting a chance to kick a field goal. How can I kick a field goal at the end of the game when you're down 21 points? Kai understood. He's a great Bruin. The ball just gets away, and those are the kinds of things that if you're not quite ready and not ready to be that team that you want to be, then those are the things that haunt you. We can't make any excuses about it. We have to be better."

on fans continuing to support the football team
"[They'll return next season] Because they're Bruin fans. They come because they love UCLA. Their frustration, no matter whom it's pointed at, frustration is passion. They want UCLA football to be good. Nobody wants that more than me. I've got to look hard at how we are going to turn the corner. But some of the things that have plagued us continue to plague us. Those are hard decisions and that's hard analysis, but it's absolutely mandatory that I do it and it's absolutely mandatory that we come up with positive conclusions that will make those great Bruin fans keep coming back, excited about coming back. But I do believe they'll be back. I do believe that they'll be excited about the future."

on analyzing the program during the offseason
"I've said all along that I'll have to wait until the end of the season, and it's the end of the season. I have to trust my instincts on that. I've got some great mentors at the University that will help me. I'm looking forward to getting that process started as quickly as possible."

on the biggest problems this season on offense and defense
"If you're talking offense, you're going to talk turnovers. We had far too many turnovers this year. Absolutely, it was the worst part of our game - the fumbles, the interceptions, what have you. We squandered way too many drives because of them. Defensively, we couldn't stop the run this year. They gashed us for the final run to make it 28. You can't play defense giving up yards on the ground like that. We've got to figure out how we can be better with respect to being a run-stopping defense.

USC 28, UCLA 14 - Game Notes
Rose Bowl - Pasadena, Calif.
December 4, 2010

USC head coach Lane Kiffin

opening remarks
"Well first off, I'm very happy for our fans. This has been a long season and a long offseason. They have gone through a lot. A lot of stuff that had nothing to do with them. Obviously we didn't play as well as we would have liked many times but to finish off this way is obviously always big for our fans and this city. And obviously for our seniors. I'm just really proud of our players. Our guys stepped up."

on this season being a disappointment and if winning tonight helps
"It helps. It's still a disappointment If you look back there were so many games that we should have won. So many games that we just handed away. We finish third in the conference and there is some good to that but obviously that's well below our standards."

on quarterback Matt Barkley
"I think as you saw, obviously we couldn't do much with him outside of the pocket. Obviously he wasn't going to scramble and make any plays. He limited our game plan. You could tell he was off. It was good to have him back there in just the sense to have your starting quarterback back in the huddle. But obviously he was rusty."

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