November 2, 2009

Practice Insider: Trojans bounce back quickly

The attitude around Heritage Hall and out at Howard Jones Field on Monday wasn't remorseful, angry or anything that you might expect 48 hours after USC's worst loss since 1997.

Instead of sulking or griping about what had just happened, Pete Carroll, his staff and his players were all smiles Monday as the Trojans got back to work for the first time since losing 47-20 to Oregon.

"It felt great today," defensive coordinator Rocky Seto said. "It was awesome to get back out here and to get back to work. It's harder when you don't do anything. Now, we made a commitment. We looked at it. We evaluated the players and the coaches and we learned. Now, we're excited to move forward."

Without any signs that the Trojans were suffering after such a severe beating, USC began preparing for its final road game of this season, a trip to Arizona State on Saturday. Carroll said the team made it a point to start the week off on the right note after the loss at Oregon.

"It was quite impacting that night. You get a day to try and live through it, and then you have to get back on track," Carroll said. "We started in the locker room, and we moved ahead today. We're making sure that this is behind us."

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