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JuJu Smith: USC Won Because "Everybody Gave It Their All"

Freshman says it was a team effort with defense and special teams stepping up.

USC freshman wide receiver JuJu Smith watched as Arizona's onside kick took a super hop and bounded right over his head. He turned to try to block someone, but it was already too late.

"[The play] was just going so fast," Smith said. "Very, very well executed."

Smith was on the sidelines looking on as No. 10 Arizona completed back-to-back passes to moved into field goal range and couldn't do anything as he watched the Wildcats take two shots toward the end zone. Neither found receiver Cayleb Jones and Arizona was forced to attempt a 36-yard field goal with 17 seconds remaining.

"Our whole team was praying to God on that play," JuJu Smith said. "Arizona's offense executed very well in the second half, but when it comes down to special teams, we dominated."

Arizona kicker Casey Skowron missed wide right allowing USC to escape with a 28-26 victory in Tucson. Following the game, Smith was all smiles in the interview above as he talked about how it was a team effort.

"Everybody gave it their all," JuJu Smith said. "When our offense wasn't executing toward the end, our defense stepped up and then special teams stepped up."

Smith discussed the sensational efforts of Buck Allen and how well fellow freshmen Jonathan Lockett and John Plattenburg played in their first significant experience as they stepped in with Adoree' Jackson and Kevon Seymour banged up.

He also talked about how an Arizona defender tripped him up to keep him from catching a deep ball.

"I feel like he did it on purpose because I had him really beat," Smith said, but since the Trojans won, he smiled and added: "It's cool though."

Check out the full interview with JuJu Smith above.