(Oregon, class of '73): I was in Houston broadcasting a Texans game for CBS the next day, so I watched it in my hotel room. But I love watching games at the Coliseum. I remember being six years old; my dad was a broadcaster for the 49ers, and he brought me to a preseason game against the Rams in 1957. It's one of the most special stadiums in the world.
(Oregon quarterback): For a kid from a small island in Hawaii to play in front of 93,000 people is an unreal thing.
(Oregon running back): I'm from Southern California, so I had a ton of family and friends there—probably 25 or 30 people. My high school coach was there.
(USC receiver): When we played Oregon last year, it felt back and forth. We have a pretty good offense and Oregon has a great offense, so you knew both teams were going to score. But I didn't expect 113 points!
Fouts: I'd worked USC's game against Utah [as a broadcaster], so I got a first-hand look at how good Marqise Lee is. And I knew that [quarterback] Matt Barkley was outstanding. But I didn't anticipate what Barner and Mariota would do. I'd never seen anything like that before. They don't call Eugene Track Town, USA, for nothing. This game was a track meet.
Barner: We wanted to come out and dominate early—keep them down, keep our foot on their throat.
Mariota: We were just firing on all cylinders on that first drive, scoring in the first minute and five seconds. We threw the ball pretty much all the way down, and it's a good feeling when you complete all of your passes on the first drive. You get a rhythm.
Johnson: When Black Mamba [Oregon receiver De'Anthony Thomas] catches that first touchdown, we're saying, Here we go! (6)
Kiffin: We knew it was going to be a heavyweight championship fight and there were going to be a lot of blows; we just had to keep getting back up, keep swinging. The game's not going to be decided early.
Lee: We were down 21--3 in the second quarter when Matt hit me with a 75-yard TD pass. (7) With Matt, the main thing is just getting open. Get open for even a quick second and he can put the ball where you need it.