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Helton on the rush defense: Giving up 300 yards is not us

Helton on the rush defense: Giving up 300 yards is not us

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USC beat UNLV 43-21 on Saturday, a score the casual ticker watcher wouldn’t question at all.

But before a 24-7 USC run in the fourth quarter, the Trojans and the Rebels were in a back in forth battle.

USC’s inability to drown UNLV in points for three quarters wasn’t the only shocker. The Trojan defense couldn’t stop this particular Mountain West team from running down their throats. The Rebels rushed for 308 yards on 43 attempts, good for an average of 7.2 yards per carry.

Clay Helton was questioned about this on his teleconference Sunday night. He admitted what he saw wasn’t what he expects.

“Our kids take pride in stopping the run,” Helton said. “Giving up over 300 yards is not us. There’s a sense of urgency to get that fixed.”

When asked if the problem can be fixed before challenging a highly ranked Stanford team this weekend, Helton said he could only hope.

“We’ve got to get it fixed quickly and take steps of improvement by Saturday,” Helton said. “That’s why they put coach in front of our names because we need to find a way to get things fixed and coached up.”

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