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Posted by on September 19th, 2012 in blog, CFF Features, Jeff Siverhus | 2 Comments

Did Kiffin “Nuke” Barkley’s Heisman chances??

Some say by Lane Kiffin calling attention to the mistakes by Barkley against Stanford that he doomed his QB. Below are excerpts from a recent ESPN interview.

Lane Kiffin was puzzled by two “really poor decisions” made by Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley  in the second quarter of USC’s 21-14 road loss to Stanford on Saturday.

And Kiffin went as far to call them some of the worst decisions he’s ever seen Barkley make.

On a third down with less than two minutes to play in the first half of Saturday’s game, Barkley threw into traffic and was intercepted by the Cardinal’s Jordan Richards.

Then, after USC linebacker Dion Bailey picked off the ensuing throw from Stanford’s Josh Nunes, Barkley forced a throw downfield and had his second straight pass intercepted.

“(That was) really unusual by Matt,” Kiffin said in his Sunday evening conference call with reporters. “Probably two of his worst decisions in our three years together on back-to-back plays.”

At the time, USC led 14-7. The Trojans didn’t score again the rest of the game.

Kiffin noted that Barkley had thrown just one interception in nine quarters of football until that point. He also said Barkley took a lot of shots from Stanford defenders throughout the game and indicated he was the victim of poor offensive line play.

“He’s pretty beat up, mentally and physically,” Kiffin said of Barkley, who appeared on the verge of tears in a brief postgame press conference following the loss.


What do you think???



2 Comments for this entry

  1. Wesley says:

    No, not Lane Kiffin… He’s a standup guy!

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