NCAA Football

Notre Dame Football: Comments From USC Players Add Fuel to Already Great Rivalry

The matchup between USC/Notre Dame on Saturday night has been over more than 48 hours now, but talk about the game still remains rampant. It helps matters when players on USC’s roster continue to run their mouths about their big 31-17 victory.

It all began after the game on Saturday night when USC linebacker Chris Galippo accused Notre Dame of quitting late in the fourth quarter. The Trojans got the ball back with 6:43 left in the game and the Irish didn’t use a single one of their three timeoouts as Curtis McNeal ran the clock out on 10 consecutive carries.

“At the end there, when they didn’t call those timeouts, they just quit,” Galippo said. “And that’s what Notre Dame football’s about. They’re not anything like USC.”

Galippo wasn’t the only USC player to make some telling comments right after the ballgame. SC running back Marc Tyler did the same as well.

“That’s what happens when you beat them down. We wore them out. They didn’t want to play no more. We out-physicaled them and beat them down.”

Matt Barkley joined in on the party on Monday during a radio interview with Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley on LA’s 710 ESPN.

“I was shocked that they didn’t use the (fourth-quarter) timeouts because we got on the field with … about seven minutes left, and I thought they were planning on stopping us and saving their timeouts for the end when they had the ball.”

USC’s star quarterback went on further.

“It seemed from our sideline and our perspective that they did give up. It seemed uncharacteristic of Notre Dame. I wouldn’t have wanted to have been on that sideline.”

Lane Kiffin has since apologized on the behalf of his football team, but it is too little, too late. The damage has already been done.

The comments from Galippo and Tyler really aren’t that much of a surprise. Galippo is still upset that he wasn’t heavily recruited by the Irish back when Charlie Weis was roaming the sidelines in South Bend. Tyler is just a pin head, so it is never shocking what comes from his mouth.

I am a bit surprised by the comments from Barkley though.

From all indications and everything I have read about him, he seemed like a great kid with a good head on his shoulders. His quote is not something that should have been said from the leader of a football team. He should have stayed away from the fray and acted with some class, but then again, this is Southern Cal that we are talking about.

Now, did the Irish quit late in the fourth quarter? I don’t believe so. If they truly did quit, they would have allowed the Trojans to get into the end zone on their last possession. They held them scoreless and didn’t allow them to add on to their already convincing victory. Brian Kelly not using the timeouts was really an irrelevant point in my view.

In the end, the comments from the Trojans players will only add fuel to the fire of a rivalry that has been lacking in recent years because of SC’s dominance. It should make for one fun game next November in Los Angeles. Hopefully there will be a different result this time around.