USC Trojans saddened by Helton's "heart-wrenching" firing
USC Donte Williams Football Southern California interim head football coach Donte Williams smiles while answering questions after practice on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021 in Los Angeles. Williams became the first Black head coach in Trojans history when he replaced the fired Clay Helton. (AP Photo/Greg Beacham) (Greg Beacham)LOS ANGELES — (AP) — Clay Helton's players hate the fact their head coach's firing was a cause for celebration for much of Southern California's vast football fan base. Thousands of people chanted for Helton's firing last Saturday night at the Coliseum during USC's embarrassing loss to Stanford. USC visits Washington State for its road opener on Saturday with Donte Williams as interim head coach.wftv.com
Broussard, Jefferson headline AP All-Pac-12 football team
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)Colorado's Jarek Broussard ran for 301 yards in one game and averaged more than six yards per carry. Oregon State's Jermar Jefferson averaged more than 145 yards per game and scored seven touchdowns. Broussard and Jefferson were voted co-offensive players of the year by a media panel in The Associated Press All-Pac-12 team released Friday. Broussard had the fourth 300-yard game in Colorado history when he went for 301 yards against Arizona on Dec. 5. He added 11 catches for 126 yards and was second among FBS freshmen with 144.6 all-purpose yards per game.
No. 20 USC rallies again to beat Arizona 34-30 on late TD
20 USC beat Arizona 34-30 on Saturday. “A lot of teams would like to be in that position.”USC (2-0, 2-0 Pac-12) was outplayed by Arizona State last week before scoring two touchdowns in the final three minutes of a 28-27 victory. Another drive into the red zone, another trip without points. “That's the bottom line.”THE TAKEAWAYUSC played undisciplined at times and was disjointed at times on offense, particularly in the red zone. Against Arizona, the Trojans struggled with penalties and capitalizing in the red zone.
No. 20 USC rallies from 13 down late, stuns ASU 28-27
20 Southern California rallied from a late 13-point deficit for a 28-27 victory over Arizona State on Saturday in the Pac-12's long-delayed season opener. Bru McCoy caught a deflected 26-yard TD pass with 2:52 left for the Trojans (1-0), and Max Williams recovered the onside kick. USC's defense then stopped Arizona State (0-1) on downs near midfield with 50 seconds left to preserve an astonishing comeback for perpetually embattled coach Clay Helton's team. New Arizona State co-defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis also was on the verge of a resilient debut before the Trojans broke through. “I don’t think we were out of gas,” Arizona State safety Evan Fields said.