( POST GAME ) MARIO CRISTOBAL DISCUSSES HUGE ROAD WIN OVER USC – “Both sides were really passionate about this game – We have 46 guys from the State of California”
It wasn’t the type of performance Mario Cristobal envisioned when his Ducks matched up with USC Saturday afternoon in the LA Coliseum.
Although No. 7 Oregon ran away from the Trojans 56-24 to remain unbeaten in Pac-12 play, Cristobal will head back to Eugene brooding over the fact that his team was ticketed for twelve penalties for a loss of 157 yards.
And it wasn’t simply false starts, off sides or a number of pass interference calls that will keep Cristobal awake on this Saturday night. No, it’ll be the lack of discipline personal foul penalties that managed to follow the Ducks throughout the entire contest.
Yes, there was a lot on the line in the way of national rankings and conference standings.
And, oh by the way, a large portion of his team are from Southern California and were playing in front of family so it’s certainly understandable there was a higher level of intensity.
But twelve penalties in a single game isn’t something Cristobal or his players are used to and it’s certainly uncharacteristic of a Cristobal coached team.
“Both sides were really passionate about this game” explained Cristobal when asked about the penalties.
“We have 46 guys from the state of California. Those guys out there have been going at each other for a long time. Our guys realized we were hurting ourselves, though, and that we have a chance to do something special and we were compromising our opportunity to win. We had an understanding that we needed to fix this thing coming out of the tunnel and we did a much better job in the second half.”
Cristobal touched on a variety of topics in his post game briefing including the three touchdown performance of receiver Juwan Johnson, the outstanding play by the Oregon secondary who forced three interceptions and the injury scare to Justin Herbert.
POST GAME BRIEFING WITH MARIO CRISTOBAL