USC Head Coach Steve Spurrier:
"You have to give Vandy credit. They beat us. They played smarter than we did. It's amazing that eight games into the season
we have five false starts by the linemen."
"If we would have scored on a few chances we had, we would've done well. We went 1-for-12 on third downs, that's the second
"Our defense played great. They had a lot of good plays. We forced seven punts. They played well."
"Today it didn't really matter who played quarterback. They both had their ups and downs. They both had pressure on them
and this, that and the other."
"I'm not shocked at losing to Vandy. They're a good team. They were obviously a lot better than us today. We knew all along
that we were sort of living on the edge at 6-1. We're not clobbering anybody, but we certainly played better against Kentucky
and Mississippi State than we did today. We had our chances today. We had our chances and went backwards and couldn't score
a touchdown. It's as simple as that."
"This was a crucial one for us, but then again Vandy beat Tennessee (last season). They can beat Florida. Heck they can
beat anybody. We have a lot of goals that are still out there, but we have to play a lot better."
"We'll regroup and get ready to go to Knoxville. If we had to do it again, we'd try to run a lot more."
"It was one of those days. We started inside the 3-yard line three or four times. We intercepted on the one-yard line and
I thought we were going to have a 99-yard drive, but we kicked the field goal on that drive. We couldn't score in the red
zone. We kicked two field goals and had the interception. That hurt too."
"This should not be a shock to our team. This should not be a shock. Hopefully it will straighten them out. They sure did
lose to a great team."
USC Player Quotes:
"I was surprised that we didn't play up to our ability. We knew they'd play well, but we can only control what we do on
the field and we have to get better. I am not shocked we lost - anybody can beat anybody every week, but you have to play
your hardest and not let down.
"This week we have to work to get better and get ready for Tennessee."
"We came out flat. We let Vanderbilt jump on us and we weren't mentally ready to play. We were well prepared by the coaches
- they had a great game plan - but we didn't execute. But you have to give Vandy credit - they played well. They schemed,
they blitzed. They played great on defense. They were well prepared."
"We still have a positive outlook and we have to get our heads straight. We couldn't get the whole offensive team on the
same page. Somebody was off all day - a lineman, a receiver, the quarterback - we couldn't get it together. But we have to
put it behind us and get ready for UT."
(on he and Blake Mitchell playing): "Neither of us could get it going. Coach Spurrier was trying to get one of us to spark the offense and band
together. We had a good week of practice. We have to get ready now, refocus and get ready for UT."
"Things didn't go well with the offense. We didn't play well as a whole offense. We kept killing ourselves with penalties
and bad plays. I take the responsibility as the quarterback. We have to get better as an offensive unit. Over the last few
weeks I stayed ready and did the best I could.
(on splitting time with Chris Smelley): "Whatever happens - it's the coaches decision. If he does call me to play - I will be prepared. I wish I'd played better
today. We just all have to get better. It's disappointing."
"It really hurts. Vanderbilt is an SEC team. We had some big goals coming into this game. Coach Spurrier told us some teams
get better and some get worse in the middle of the season and this loss is shocking. We didn't take them lightly, but we expected
to beat Vanderbilt."
"The defense played great. The special teams played pretty good. The offense has to get better. We have to stick in there.
Coach Spurrier will get a plan together and put some people out there that want to play. Everybody needs to step up."
"This loss is really frustrating. They aren't even ranked and we beat ranked teams this year. Maybe this will spur us to
play better because our schedule gets tougher. We have to shake this and win out."
"We should have stepped it up a little more on defense. We could have played a lot better."
"I don't think I played good at all, but we are a team and all we can do is come out and try harder."