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USC fans see why their team was 5-7, and why it might get better – Daily News

USC fans see why their team was 5-7, and why it might get better – Daily News
  • Head coach Clay Helton of the USC Trojans makes his method via the tunnel together with his team previous to a NCAA soccer recreation between the USC Trojans and the Notre Dame Preventing Irish on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Broad receiver Tyler Vaughns #21 of the USC Trojans catches a cross for a primary down towards Notre Dame Preventing Irish within the first half of a NCAA soccer recreation on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Previous to a NCAA soccer recreation between the USC Trojans and the Notre Dame Preventing Irish on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Broad receiver Tyler Vaughns #21 of the USC Trojans by means of the tunnel together with his team previous to a NCAA soccer recreation between the USC Trojans and the Notre Dame Preventing Irish on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Notre Dame Preventing Irish celebrates after a turnover towards the USC Trojans within the second half of a NCAA soccer recreation on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Notre Dame Preventing Irish gained 24-17. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • USC Trojans fans maintain up an indication “Helton Out Time for Change” as Notre Dame Preventing Irish defeated USC Trojans 24-17 throughout a NCAA soccer recreation on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Head coach Clay Helton of the USC Trojans hugs large receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown #eight of the USC Trojans as Notre Dame Preventing Irish defeated USC Trojans 24-17 throughout a NCAA soccer recreation on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • head coach Clay Helton of the USC Trojans enters the sector previous to a NCAA soccer recreation towards the Notre Dame Preventing Irish on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • defensive lineman Khalid Kareem #53 of the Notre Dame Preventing Irish gestures to the gang as quarterback JT Daniels #18 of the USC Trojans walks towards the bench after a turnover within the second half of a NCAA soccer recreation on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Notre Dame Preventing Irish gained 24-17. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Vast receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown #eight of the USC Trojans can’t deal with a move towards the Notre Dame Preventing Irish within the second half of a NCAA soccer recreation on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Notre Dame Preventing Irish gained 24-17. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Quarterback JT Daniels #18 of the USC Trojans passes towards the Notre Dame Preventing Irish within the second half of a NCAA soccer recreation on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Notre Dame Preventing Irish gained 24-17. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • s210 catches a cross for a landing towards the Notre Dame Preventing Irish within the second half of a NCAA soccer recreation on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Notre Dame Preventing Irish gained 24-17. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Punter Tyler Newsome #85 of the Notre Dame Preventing Irish punt previous cornerback Isaac Taylor-Stuart #6 of the USC Trojans within the second half of a NCAA soccer recreation on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Notre Dame Preventing Irish gained 24-17. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Notre Dame Preventing Irish protection rects after a sack of quarterback JT Daniels #18 of the USC Trojans within the second half of a NCAA soccer recreation on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Notre Dame Preventing Irish gained 24-17. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Operating again Dexter Williams #2 of the Notre Dame Preventing Irish runs for a landing towards the USC Trojans within the second half of a NCAA soccer recreation on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Notre Dame Preventing Irish gained 24-17. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Broad receiver Michael Pittman Jr. #6 of the USC Trojans catches a move for first down towards Notre Dame Preventing Irish within the first half of a NCAA soccer recreation on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Extensive receiver Miles Boykin #81 of the Notre Dame Preventing Irish catches a move for first down towards the USC Trojans within the first half of a NCAA soccer recreation on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Large receiver Chris Finke #10 of the Notre Dame Preventing Irish is tackled by cornerback Jonathan Lockett #23 of the USC Trojans within the first half of a NCAA soccer recreation on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Extensive receiver Miles Boykin #81 of the Notre Dame Preventing Irish catches a move for first down over cornerback Iman Marshall #eight of the USC Trojans within the first half of a NCAA soccer recreation on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Large receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown #eight of the USC Trojans fumbles because the Notre Dame Preventing Irish recovers thew ball within the first half of a NCAA soccer recreation on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Defensive again Austin Jackson #73 of the USC Trojans knocks down large receiver Chris Finke #10 of the Notre Dame Preventing Irish on a punt return within the first half of a NCAA soccer recreation on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Linebacker Palaie Gaoteote IV #1 of the USC Trojans reacts after a tackled towards the Notre Dame Preventing Irish within the first half of a NCAA soccer recreation on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Head coach Clay Helton of the USC Trojans reacts after dropping the evaluate on a fumble towards the Notre Dame Preventing Irish within the first half of a NCAA soccer recreation on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Defensive lineman Marlon Tuipulotu #51 of the USC Trojans sacks quarterback Ian E-book #12 of the Notre Dame Preventing Irish within the first half of a NCAA soccer recreation on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Extensive receiver Chris Finke #10 of the Notre Dame Preventing Irish catches a move for a landing in the long run zone over cornerback Jonathan Lockett #23 of the USC Trojans within the first half of a NCAA soccer recreation on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Operating again Vavae Malepeai #29 of the USC Trojans celebrates after operating for landing towards the Notre Dame Preventing Irish within the first half of a NCAA soccer recreation on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Head coach Clay Helton of the USC Trojans walks off the sector as Notre Dame Preventing Irish defeated USC Trojans 24-17 throughout a NCAA soccer recreation on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • USC Trojans fan as Notre Dame Preventing Irish defeated USC Trojans 24-17 throughout a NCAA soccer recreation on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • s210 catches a cross for a landing towards the Notre Dame Preventing Irish within the second half of a NCAA soccer recreation on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Notre Dame Preventing Irish gained 24-17. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Punter Tyler Newsome #85 of the Notre Dame Preventing Irish punt previous cornerback Isaac Taylor-Stuart #6 of the USC Trojans within the second half of a NCAA soccer recreation on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Notre Dame Preventing Irish gained 24-17. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Head coach Clay Helton of the USC Trojans walks off the sector as Notre Dame Preventing Irish defeated USC Trojans 24-17 throughout a NCAA soccer recreation on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Notre Dame Preventing Irish celebrates after a turnover towards the USC Trojans within the second half of a NCAA soccer recreation on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Notre Dame Preventing Irish gained 24-17. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Extensive receiver Michael Pittman Jr. #6 of the USC Trojans as Notre Dame Preventing Irish defeated USC Trojans 24-17 throughout a NCAA soccer recreation on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • s210 catches a cross for a landing towards the Notre Dame Preventing Irish within the second half of a NCAA soccer recreation on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Notre Dame Preventing Irish gained 24-17. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Notre Dame Preventing Irish protection rects after a sack of quarterback JT Daniels #18 of the USC Trojans within the second half of a NCAA soccer recreation on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Notre Dame Preventing Irish gained 24-17. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Vast receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown #eight of the USC Trojans can’t deal with a move towards the Notre Dame Preventing Irish within the second half of a NCAA soccer recreation on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Notre Dame Preventing Irish gained 24-17. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Head coach Clay Helton of the USC Trojans reacts after dropping the evaluate on a fumble towards the Notre Dame Preventing Irish within the first half of a NCAA soccer recreation on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Head coach Clay Helton of the USC Trojans reacts after dropping the assessment on a fumble towards the Notre Dame Preventing Irish within the first half of a NCAA soccer recreation on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Defensive lineman Marlon Tuipulotu #51 of the USC Trojans sacks quarterback Ian E-book #12 of the Notre Dame Preventing Irish within the first half of a NCAA soccer recreation on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Extensive receiver Miles Boykin #81 of the Notre Dame Preventing Irish catches a move for first down over cornerback Iman Marshall #eight of the USC Trojans within the first half of a NCAA soccer recreation on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

  • Extensive receiver Chris Finke #10 of the Notre Dame Preventing Irish catches a cross for a landing in the long run zone over cornerback Jonathan Lockett #23 of the USC Trojans within the first half of a NCAA soccer recreation on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, November 24, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photograph by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

LOS ANGELES – That was Markese Stepp, a strong 230-pounder and a real millennial, born on Feb. 11, 2000. He waded into the protection of the nation’s third-ranked team and gouged out 23 yards on 5 carries.

That was Jordan McMillan, a walk-on from Loyola Excessive who didn’t even make the preseason media information. He got here up from security to drive bigger individuals into totally different locations, and in the long run zone he intercepted a fourth-quarter move by Ian E-book.

That was Chase Williams, tackling Notre Dame’s Dexter Williams behind the scrimmage line, on an evening when hardly anybody else might deal with him in any respect. That was Palaie Gaoteote, who was presupposed to be this good, this younger, and had a sack and a deal with for loss.

These have been all first-year freshmen, enjoying on benefit, enjoying out of necessity, for USC in their farewell to a season that may’t depart quickly sufficient. They, and the remainder of them, didn’t mail it in. As an alternative, they stamped a 5-7 season with the identical lack of ability to carry their tempo, the identical knack for penalties and turnovers and missed coverages. They misplaced 24-17.

It was a recognizable USC team on the market, for these with the endurance to observe all 12 of those video games, however it was additionally attainable to discern a unique, better one beneath.

It’s only a matter of who coaches it.

Clay Helton trotted up the tunnel and gave the fight-on signal as some individuals cheered and others booed. He continued to speak just like the USC coach of 2019 and past, He stated athletic director Lynn Swann “will be putting out a statement shortly,” and he appeared to know what he needs to do with the teaching employees.

He stated Swann informed him, “Better days are ahead.” Once you lose 5 of your last six, that’s a given.

He additionally stated, “USC is about championships, it deserves championships, and we didn’t get the job done.”

If you’d like a snapshot of the Trojans in 2018, then set your lens on a play early within the fourth quarter, when USC was solely trailing Notre Dame, 17-10, however had gained solely 83 yards within the third quarter.

JT Daniels, one other freshman, briskly went via each development and noticed Tyler Vaughns over the center. He hit Vaughns for 16 yards and a primary down. It was a junior-senior degree of play for Daniels, however now he was marching backward, as a result of Amon-Ra St. Brown (one other freshman) was penalized for ineligible receiver downfield.

St. Brown and Michael Pittman misplaced fumbles, and there was eight USC penalties, 5 by seniors.

5 freshmen, both first-year or redshirt, began for the Trojans, and six made appearances. There are important seniors to switch, and there’s the prospect that the outrageously gifted Pittman will flip professional, however there’s additionally sufficient expertise to make 2018 an aberration.

“I don’t think a lot has to change,” Stepp stated. “We just have to put a few more plays together. We can beat good teams. We beat Washington State, and they’re in the Top 10. I think our class is very talented. Next year, we’ll be putting on a show.”

Not a lot needed to change for the Trojans to beat Notre Dame, which is now 12-Zero and was averaging 38.5 factors in its previous 4 video games. USC hogged the ball and the standard of play within the first interval, as Daniels loosened the Irish with sharp, fast passes and accomplished 14 of the primary 15 he threw. He wound up 37-for-51, setting a faculty report for single-game completions.

Defensively, coordinator Clancy Pendergast obtained a cross rush going from sudden angles, and Notre Dame solely ran for 121 internet yards, 52 of which got here on Dexter Williams’ go-ahead landing. However E-book confirmed a pleasant really feel for scrambling, and the USC secondary appeared confused on the finish.

“We took some body blows,” stated Brian Kelly, the Notre Dame coach. “We’ve dominated our opponents lately, but tonight we had to be gritty and come up with a sustained effort. But we were able to get out of the first half with the game in reach.”

“It’s still about outscoring your opponent,” Helton stated. “We had 450 yards tonight (443) and we did that against UCLA and we didn’t get the number of points we should have. We’re going to be in close ballgames, because of the schedule we play every year. So we have to find a way to teach young people to avoid those mistakes.”

Helton addressed the Trojans when the doorways closed.

“He talked to the seniors, talked about how they ran their race to the end, and kept the faith and all that,” Stepp stated. “And then he talked to the rest of us and said that next year, we’re going to be balling out.”