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Helton on the red zone: We have to push the ball in

Helton on the red zone: We have to push the ball in

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Red zone woes for USC continued for a second consecutive week in a 17-3 loss to Stanford. USC went to the red zone twice and came up with a field goal and an interception. Two touchdown scores could have made a difference in this game but it wasn’t to be. It’s starting to feel like a trend.

In the season opener, the Trojans had to settle for way too many field goals near the goal line. Despite a pretty score in a 43-21 victory over UNLV, 15 of those points came off of field goals. The game was way to close in the third quarter and not because of what the Trojans did between the 20s.

Stanford played much better defense than UNLV did and when the field shortened, USC’s red zone woes issues exposed even more. It was one of a few issues that prevented USC from being more competitive.

Helton says USC definitely needs to improve inside the red zone.

“We had a long field the majority of the night,” Helton said during the postgame presser. “We got it down there, missed some opportunities to be able to hit some one-on-ones. Some of it was protection, some of it, we didn’t  get to the correct side in the passing game. It was a variety of things. I look forward to to watching the tape and seeing more but obviously we have to be able to push it in and get better from these back to back games.”

USC will be looking to score more and get a victory next weekend. That’s when the Trojans travel to Austin to face the Texas Longhorns (5 PM PST, FOX)

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