October 22, 2009

Practice Insider: Thomas doesn't dwell

One bounce of the ball could've made last season a lot different for the Trojans.

Right before halftime in USC's 27-21 loss at Oregon State, Kevin Thomas got his hands on a Lyle Moevao pass in the end zone. But instead of corralling the ball for the interception, it bounced off his hands and into Oregon State's James Rodgers' lap.

The touchdown put Oregon State up 21-0 at the half and kept momentum out of the Trojan locker room.

"Sometimes one play does define a game, and I don't know if that would've been one. But, that was a huge play," USC head coach Pete Carroll said Thursday. "It was a huge emotional swing for them to be able to go in to halftime on that kind of a note. Obviously, we'd not been happy with our first half, but we'd been a lot better off had we been able to stop them right now.

"He could have caught the ball. He had a chance to catch it."

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