Helton: We need to limit explosive plays on defense
While USC came away with a 43-21 victory over UNLV Saturday afternoon, head coach Clay Helton saw plenty that concerned him.
The Trojans were in an absolute dog fight with the Rebels before finally overpowering them with the big play late. USC went on a 24-7 run late to take a big victory but it wasn’t easy at all.
Helton thinks everything would have been much easier if the USC defense performed on a few more specific plays.
Those few plays led to some eye popping offensive statistics for the Rebels, including 308-rushing yards. USC surrendered 136 yards and a touchdown on just 14 carries to tailback Lexington Thomas.
“We need to limit explosive plays on defense,” Helton said at the USC-UNLV postgame press conference. “I thought that if you get rid of the one run and the four verts, the one big 71 yard run and the one big four vert pass on the thirty yard line, you’re sitting there and you create even more separation.”
The run defense will have to improve next week as USC will face Stanford tailback Bryce Love. While Love is off to a slow start this season, he was a 2017 Heisman Trophy Nominee.