Originally posted on Dr. Saturday  |  Last updated 10/24/11
Quarterback Matt Barkley thinks Notre Dame players quit in the final minutes of USC's 31-17 win over the Irish in South Bend, a sentiment several USC players have expressed since the game ended. "I was shocked that they didn't use the 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," Barkley said Monday in an interview with Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley on 710 ESPN in Los Angeles. "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." Notre Dame had timeouts to burn in the fourth quarter when USC got the ball back with 6:43 remaining and chose to sit on them while USC used 10 consecutive runs to whittle the clock down. USC players were baffled by the move because Notre Dame could have gotten the ball back with ample time had it gotten a ...
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