JT Daniels backs USC coach Clay Helton: Nobody wants to see him go

JT Daniels backs USC coach Clay Helton: \Nobody wants to see him go\
Victory is Ours! UCLA Beats Southern California 34-27
After seeing almost no signs of progress against Utah and Oregon, there were some signs of progress last week against Arizona State, and if there were ever a week where Bruins fans wanted to see progress, it was this weeks game against a pretty bad Southern California team where we wanted to see progress, as the Trojans were coming off a pretty anemic performance in a 14-13 loss to the Golden Bears.

The first half of UCLA football was pretty solid on the offensive side of the ball, as the Bruins out gained the Trojans in total yards 269-257. However, the two areas that have made Bruins fans scream this year resulted in 21 Southern California points. First, the Trojans scored 14 points directly or indirectly via special teams plays. Second, a huge missed tackle by a Quintin Lake resulted in a Velus Jones Jr. touchdown on a play that should have only resulted in a small gain.

1. Clay Heltons job is in serious jeopardy: The third-year coach of the Trojans has come under fire this year despite earning New Years Six bowl berths in each of his first two seasons as the full-time coach. Its for good reason, too. The loss to cross-town rival UCLA secures the programs first six-loss regular season since 2000 — Paul Hacketts final season as coach. Pete Carroll went 6-6 in his first season in 2001, but that final loss came in the Las Vegas Bowl.

With that being said, the Bruins were in the game at the half and only down 24-21, and they received the second half kickoff. UCLA was on a nice drive to start the second half, but the Bruins picked a bad time for their first turnover. Speight dropped back and looked deep for Demetric Felton, and Isaiah Langley made a play on the ball and intercepted it. Felton did not do a good job of fighting for the ball, but the interception gave the Trojans their first possession of the half.

2. Kelly has things on the right track: This isnt the season that UCLA fans envisioned when they made the biggest splash last offseason by hiring Kelly, but it appears to be ending on a high note. Slowly but surely, the players have bought into Kellys style and system, Kelly has figured out how to make it work and together have set the tone for the future of the program.

The Trojans turned that UCLA turnover into points, as JT Danials made a couple of big plays on the Trojans first drive, with a completion to Michael Pittman Jr. for 37 yards being the big one. However, the Bruins defense did hold the Trojans to a 22 yard field goal, and put Southern California up 27-21 at the mid-way point of the third quarter.

Bruins running back Joshua Kelly rushed 40 times for 289 yards and two touchdowns, Theo Howard had five catches for 76 yards and a touchdown and the defense held USC to just 4-of-13 on third downs to earn the third win of the season for Kellys squad. Trojans quarterback JT Daniels threw two touchdowns and two interceptions in a losing effort. 

The third quarter saw the Trojans become a little more balanced on the offensive side of the ball as they gained a total of 149 yards, with 88 coming through the air and 66 coming on the ground. The Bruins only managed 54 total yards on offense during the quarter.

The wheels of the coaching silly season are already in motion. With the early national signing period approaching on Dec. 19, Helton might not have the big desk in the football facility much longer. After all, UCLA is still in full-on rebuild mode and undefeated Notre Dame is looming next week.

The entire Southern Cal team just mocked UCLAs sideline calisthenics during the quarter break. If that doesnt motivate this team, nothing will. #GoBruins #8Clap #UCLA #BeatSC

“Tommy has been vandalized in the past unfortunately by the guys across town,” one of the USC students on guard told CBS2. “Every couple of years they try and pull some shenanigans, whether that’s trying to paint him, that’s why we’ve got that duct tape up there.”

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You have to love rivalries, and there was a hope that this little antic by the Trojans would pump up the Bruins to start the 4th quarter, and the Bruin it pumped up the most was UCLAs Joshua Kelly. As Kelleys four carries on the next drive accounted for 71 yards of UCLAs 97 yard drive. The big carry, was Kelleys 55 yard TD run that put the Bruins up 28-27 early in the fourth quarter.

The mischief follows after both schools announced Thursday they would each be canceling their traditional bonfires at their pregame rallies in support of those impacted by the devastating Woolsey and Camp fires which have ravaged Northern and Southern California.

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Then on Southern Californias next possession, first play, JT Danials dropped back and threw an absolutely horrible pass that was picked off by Darnay Holmes at the UCLA 41 yard line.

Out of respect for the tragedies so many California families have experienced over the last few weeks, both schools have agreed to forgo the traditional bonfires at their pre-game spirit rallies, USC said in a statement.

Wilton Speight wasted no time moving the Bruins down the field, and giving Kelley a little rest, as Speight hit Wilson for a 15 yard completion and then Pabico for 11 yards to quickly get the Bruins down to the Trojans 24 yard line. On a big 3rd down play, Southern Cal was flagged for holding Kelly on a pass play that set up 1st a goal for the Bruins. However, the Bruins were denied on 3rd and 2, as a play action pass play was sniffed out by the Trojans, and Speights pass to Devin Asiasi was defended. J.J. Molson did hit a 19 yard field goal to put the Bruins up 31-27 with 6:19 left in the game.

As a result of the vandalism, Tommy Trojan now has a blue-and-gold bullseye on his back, and USC students have been taking shifts guarding the bronze statue in case any UCLA students seek to exact revenge.

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UCLAs defense stepped up huge and held the Trojans on their next possession. Krys Barnes made the big play of the drive as he tackled V. Malepeai for a loss of 4 yards and forced a Trojan punt.

UCLA are hoping to patch up the holes in a defense that has allowed an average of 33.3 points per game before their next match. They will look to defend their home turf on Saturday against USC at 4:30 p.m. The point spread is more or less neutral, so fans should expect a close match.

The Bruins were not able to gain much on their next drive, and were forced to kick a 48 yard field goal to extend their lead 34-27 with 2:41 remaining in the game.

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This set up the Trojans and their last attempt to drive down the field and tie the game. The Bruins defense once again stepped up and held on 4th down as JT Danials pass to Amon St. Brown was deflected, and the Bruins went into celebration mode.

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I know there are a lot of thoughts on this game, and I definitely am looking forward to reading yours below Bruins Nation. SO SOUND OFF!! WE BEAT $C!

Having both suffered close losses, both of these teams will no doubt be fighting for every inch to win this one. Well see which team satisfies their hunger and which team leaves with an empty stomach.

UCLAs last game of the year comes next Saturday, Novemebr 24th as they will be home to face the Stanford Cardinal at Noon PST.

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​The glory days of Southern California football appears to be over, with the latest kick below the belt being Saturdays loss to the lowly UCLA Bruins. Alumni are displeased with the performance of the team this season, as the Trojans are unlikely to compete in a bowl game at the end of the year with their current 5-6 record.

Starting right tackle Chuma Edoga (knee) will be out for the second consecutive week. Redshirt freshman Jalen McKenzie is the favorite to start in his place. McKenzie started last week against Cal. 

One alumni who was not happy with the Trojans latest performance is ​Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, who exclaimed that this is not the USC he remembers.

1:25 p.m. Daniels hits Amon-Ra St. Brown for a 44-yard TD strike, St. Browns third TD of the season. USC pulled off a fake punt to keep the drive alive. 14-10 UCLA (0:22) 

​​Smith-Schuster knows all about the success of the USC football program during his three seasons in Los Angeles. 

12:52 p.m. Michael Brown connects on a 46-yard field goal after a promising drive for USC is halted thanks to a 10-yard sack from UCLA. 3-0 USC (11:27) 

During that span, he appeared in two consecutive Holiday Bowls and appeared in the classic Rose Bowl game against the Penn State Nittany Lions, where USC emerged victorious thanks to the play of redshirt freshman quarterback Sam Darnold.

Stat of the game No. 1: This is the first time USC lost to a team that will finish with at least eight losses since the infamous 2007 defeat to 40-point underdog Stanford. Should the Bruins lose to the Cardinal next week in their season finale, it’ll be the first time the Trojans lost to a 9-loss team since falling to 1-9 Cal in 1957. (H/T to Reign of Troy Radio listener Richard Rapp for the historical note.)

The absence of Smith-Schuster and Darnold is showing, as ​head coach Clay Helton is struggling without the ace talent on his roster.

That’s when UCLA took over the game with a seven-play, 97-yard drive, capped with a 52-yard touchdown run from Joshua Kelley. The score put him at 256 yards for the game and gave the Bruins 28-27 lead after a JJ Molson extra point. The kicker would add a pair of field goals to make it 34-27 with 2:36 left in the game, following horrific USC drives deep in their own territory.

Well, if anything can get Smith-Schusters mind off his alma maters growing pains, its the success of his Steelers, who look to be in prime position to clinch a playoff berth in the coming weeks.

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