“There were a couple seconds there when I wanted to dig a hole and bury myself (after the interception). But the guys believed in me. I was happy there was still some time left on the play clock to go down there again. I was just relieved there was more clock left.”
“I was yelling at Robert (Woods) to get down because I could see the clock. That play never really goes that far across the field. It’s designed to turn upfield, it’s just unfortunate. I think the issue was his knee was down and the clock started running again. I saw Kiffin call a timeout but they didn’t see it. It’s just unfortunate it didn’t work out for us.”
On the crowd: “It was the most energetic and electric crowd I’ve ever seen at the Coliseum.”
Head referee Michael Batlan offered his version of events on the final play of regulation: “The ruling on the field was that we were going to overtime. Through review, it was seen that the knee was down and time had expired and therefore we were headed to an overtime period.[EP
“Any coach can ask for a timeout but he doesn’t get one until an official grants or signifies it. I was not part of any conversation with regards to a requested timeout.”
Lane Kiffin was upset he did not get a timeout with 1 second left at the end of regulation.
“I’m really disappointed in the officials,” Kiffin said. “Extremely disappointed. They said (Robert Woods) was out of bounds which he wasn’t. I had asked for a timeout with one second left before the play. We could have kicked a 50-yard field goal to win the game.”