Helton: We have to improve on making our plays
Before the USC offense exploded in the fourth quarter on Saturday, the Trojans were in an absolute dog fight with the UNLV Rebels. Entering the fourth quarter, USC was clinging on to a 19-14 lead. That was the same lead they captured back at halftime, after trailing to a Mountain West team in the first quarter.
While the USC defense was very much to blame, allowing big play after big play, the USC offense was also clearly at fault. The Trojans clearing had trouble running away from UNLV early. At one point, freshman quarterback JT Daniels’ completion percentage was hovering around a 50-percent and he seemed to be overthrowing pass after pass. Everything obviously worked out later int he game. USC went on a 24-7 run to win 43-21 and Daniels finished 22 of 35 for 282 yards and a score. But when asked about the early offensive struggles after the game, Clay Helton said he expected more of his receivers.
“The thing I obviously thought we need to improve on is making our plays,” Helton said at the USC-UNLV postgame press conference. “I was proud of the quarterback today for giving the receivers the opportunity to make plays. Those guys are supermen and they’ll tell you they expect to make all of them. And we know can do better bringing the ball down.”
The pass game will have to improve next week. USC travels to Palo Alto to take on a highly ranked Stanford teams. The Cardinal only allowed 113 passing yards in its opening game against San Diego State.