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Helton on five field goals: That's called not putting the ball in the end zone

Helton on five field goals: That's called not putting the ball in the end zone

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USC’s 43-21 victory over UNLV came on the back of kicker Chase McGrath, who tied a school record with five made field goals.

But McGrath’s coach, while proud, believes those field goals represent something else. While he was happy to have those 15 points in a 22 point win, he would have preferred the 20 extra points that would have come with touchdowns.

The Trojans only converted three of six red zone trips into touchdowns.

“That’s called not putting the ball in the end zone,” Helton said when asked about kicking five field goals. “What I said earlier was early in this season, I thought we had to play great defense and I thought we had to play great special teams while our offense grew up. I thought the kicker did a wonderful job. That’s 15 points but as we know, we’ll look at it as that was five opportunities not to get a touchdown. That was a negative in my mind.”

USC is facing a team next week in Stanford that allowed San Diego State two red zone scores in two attempts. One score was a touchdown and the other was a field goal.

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