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USC football: Gary Klein on Matt Barkley and the Trojans' thrashing of UCLA [video]

November 27, 2011 | 10:24 pm

What can one say about USC's 50-0 rout of UCLA on Saturday night at the Coliseum? Or Matt Barkley's 423-yard, six-touchdown passing performance?

CineSport's Tara Petrolino chats with Times football reporter Gary Klein about the Trojans' big victory at the Coliseum and of their plans for next year.

Here are some highlights that Klein pointed out:

  • Barkley's end-of-season performance was a typical punctuation mark that gets a quarterback to New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
  • The defense bent a lot in the Oregon win but didn't ultimately break and delivered a statement by shutting out the Bruins.
  • The biggest recruiting pitch that Coach Lane Kiffin has ahead: convincing Barkley, safety T.J. McDonald, offensive lineman Matt Kalil and other juniors to forgo a shot at the NFL and return next season to make USC a legitimate BCS title contender.

To hear all about it, check out the video above.

--Dan Loumena