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USC Players Reflect on Holiday Bowl Victory

In what felt like a repeat of the ASU and Utah games, USC found a way to break the late-game curse and actually win a tight football game.

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The USC Trojans finished the season with a win, even though it was far from perfect in what otherwise was a season filled with late-game drama. But at the same time, fans got a good look into what the young players can accomplish, especially with Cody Kessler returning to lead the charge as the starting quarterback in 2015.

Here are some reactions from guys happy to be done with the season following the 45-42 win over the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

No, thank you Adoree' Jackson. What a great game from a player that will be special to watch for years to come. Remember in Fall Camp when we salivated over Jackson playing more on offense, we got our wish on Saturday.

There's nothing better in sports than kissing the trophy and celebrating. Congratulations to the walk-on players that enjoyed the spoils of a long season capped with a National University Holiday Bowl victory. These guys mostly go unnoticed, but their impact on a team down to 51 scholarship players has been vital on and off the practice field.

Props to punter Kris Albarado for battling through some tough punt protection on the night that resulted in two massive body shots. While his play was less than stellar, Albarado will return next season and will be one of the main pieces expected to improve in a special teams unit that was out-coached on a week-in and week-out basis.

We always love the true spirit of a graduating senior. Thank you Randall Telfer for a loyal career to the USC football program. While the NFL stock may be limited, Telfer exhibited a strong prowess in pass protection.

Fight On, Hayes Pullard!!! Thank you for five great years of Trojan service.