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Chip Kelly (Oregon coach): This was the fourth year we'd seen Matt, and he's as good a quarterback as there is. We knew we weren't going to keep those guys at bay for an entire game—they're too talented. But we always felt like we had the game in control.
Barner: Back in high school I played in a game where the score was 84 to 90-something. I don't know if I had five touchdowns, but I may have. [Barner did have five TDs against USC, rushing for 321 yards on 38 carries.] (9) The score that sealed that game was a 22-yard inside zone run. I was supposed to go to the right, but the defensive lineman broke through and I cut back to the left and made a run for it and got to the end zone.
Davis: Go back and look at Matt Barkley and Marqise Lee's stats that night for USC. Look at what Kenjon Barner and Marcus Mariota did for Oregon. We had the best players making the best plays in the country.
Mariota: After the game, I always look for guys to shake hands with. I saw Matt Barkley and he said, "Good game; now go out and beat an SEC team for us." I thought that was pretty cool.
Kiffin: I said to Chip, "Man, it felt like an Arena League game." (10) And he said, "Yeah, it felt like basketball on grass." When the game's over, especially if we lose, I don't watch other games. So I didn't watch Alabama-LSU.
Mariota: I actually saw the last drive of the Alabama game on the plane ride home. It would be a lie to say that I wasn't checking scores and stats after our game was over.
Johnson: Doing a game like that, in front of that many fans, you expend so much energy yelling and screaming, and you're just spent. So the thing for me after that game was to get to a bar, get a good seat for the next game, get a Jack and Coke, and relax.
Fouts: The thing about that day is that every region of the country got a great game. You had a great game at Notre Dame, a great game at USC and, right afterwards, an amazing finish down in Louisiana....
Oregon ... 62