Many of Matt Barkley's teammates thought that Notre Dame quit in their match-up with the USC Trojans. Their star quarterback agrees.

"I would agree with that," Barkley said on Monday during an interview with Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley on 710 ESPN. "I was shocked that they didn't use the (fourth-quarter) 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.

"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."

USC was leading, 31-17, with a little less than seven minutes to go. The Fighting Irish let running back Curtis McNeal run the ball ten straight times, reaching all the way to the ND's two-yard line as time expired.

"At the end there, when they didn't call those timeouts, they just quit," USC linebacker Chris Galippo said Saturday. "And that's what Notre Dame football's about. They're not anything like USC."

Looks like we got some trash talk a foot. 


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