Upon Further Review

One question unanswered even tonight was why USC ran a fairly complicated play on the pass to wide receiver Robert Woods at the end of regulation?
A run would be safe and enable the clock to stop. A short sideline route would also be much safer. But the Woods play offered some strange possibilities (he actually caught the ball two yards behind the line of scrimmage) and then was supposed to gain enough yardage to get into field-goal range. And then a timeout would be called.
It just seemed like an unnecessary risk with a chance to win the game.

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Another Penalty Disagreement

Lane Kiffin said he disagreed with the taunting penalty against wide receiver Marqise Lee.
“I don’t think Marqise was trying to taunt,” Kiffin said. “He was excited. I don’t think that was a penalty.”

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On The Refs

Lane Kiffin clarified something tonight. He decided he wanted a timeout during the replay review of whether Robert Woods was down before the game ended. Kiffin said the replay showed Woods was down was 1 second left and that he wanted the timeout after the review, which would leave an extra second.
“I have talked to a few people (from the Pac-12),” Kiffin said. “How I was lied to (by the side judge).”
Kiffin said he told the side judge he wanted a timeout but did not get one. The head official said he was never told USC wanted a timeout.
“It would have been fun to see if we could make a 49-yard field goal,” Kiffin said.

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Sunday Night With Kiffin

Lane Kiffin said Sunday night he thought USC would win the game when Nickell Robey intercepted a pass for a touchdown.
“I really felt like that was it,” Kiffin said. “Those dark clouds that started to move last Saturday had a chance to go away.”
Kiffin said Nickell Robey and Marqise Lee were in tears in the locker room after the game.
Kiffin said his usual fumble policy is not in effect with Curtis McNeal because it was a fumbled pitch.
“It’s not as bad,” Kiffin said. “It’s not good.’

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