I think the most important play against Utah was Sam Darnold’s 10-yard completion to Tyler Vaughns on fourth-and-9. The odds are not great on fourth-and-9 especially after USC runs a pitch play on third-and-10 for a 1-yard gain.
But Darnold and Vaughns made it work. If they didn’t, would USC have won the game? I’m not sure.
Why did USC burn timeouts against Utah? I’m told it’s because the wrong players were on the field. Why didn’t Randal Grimes play against Utah after his redshirt year got burned? I don’t know the answer to that one.
Time for the grades from the USC-Utah thriller at the Coliseum.
The butter-fingered fumbles are becoming a weekly tradition. But who would you rather have directing the second-half comeback? You think the magic is coming from the three-headed monster (The Heltons, Tee Martin) calling plays? Sam Darnold might make mistakes but he is the reason USC is 6-1.
I asked Clay Helton about criticism of offensive coordinator Tee Martin and he said, “I think Tee Martin has done a wonderful job.”
I asked Helton if Martin is the only one calling the plays this season and he said, “I think Tee Martin has done a wonderful job.”
Helton said a positive of the game was Utah’s zero yards on punt returns. I asked him about USC’s zero yards in punt retuns and Helton said it was like baseball and USC is waiting for the “right pitch to hit.”
Tailback Stephen Carr (foot) did not play and will try to do some running Monday. Defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow was not at the Utah game and is dealing with personal issues, Helton said.