USC Head Coach Pete Carroll Quotes:
“It was really important to get the opportunity to come to the Coliseum. We got a lot of energy going. (Coaches) Lane (Kiffin) and (Steve) Sark (Sarkisian) put together a great game plan. That’s a great start for us. I was thrilled so many got to play.
(regarding the injuries to Dallas Sartz and Terrell Thomas):
“Those are big hits for us.”
(Regarding the offensive production):
“I didn’t think that would happen against Arkansas after watching their film. But Matt was on fire.”
(Regarding Arkansas’ 33 plays in first quarter to USC’s eight)
“We can’t ask the offense to score slower.”
(Regarding the defense):
“We did not do well on third downs. We have a lot of work to do.”
Arkansas Head Coach Houston Nutt Quotes:
“We played a great team tonight. It’s easy to see why they’re national champions. They’ve scored a lot of points on a lot of people. They’re tough to defend. You put so much emphasis on Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush and then they have the receivers and tight ends.
“We got whipped pretty good tonight. We’ve got to go forward in the SEC and get ready to go. USC scores so fast, it just messes you up. We got to 7-7 and then you look up and it’s 21-7. They score so fast and quick. It’s hard to keep up. They played perfect tonight.
“It’s the best offensive team I’ve seen.
(regarding Matt Leinart):
“He’s phenomenal. He’s a coach on the field. He knows where to go with
the ball at all times.”