Late in the game against Western Michigan with victory in hand, the Trojans scored a touchdown and Helton immediately called a timeout. In 10 games as the Trojans' starter in 2016, he was brought down only six times. Four players carried the ball at least seven times and all gained at least 30 yards. They helped offset an up-and-down performance from preseason Heisman Trophy candidate quarterback Sam Darnold. The Trojans have their top rusher back as well, and Ronald Jones II won't have to split carries this season with Justin Davis, now with the Los Angeles Rams. Jones's second touchdown, a 1-yard plunge, tied the game at 14-14 just before the half.
Here are five takeaways from the USC vs. Defensively, Western Michigan football gave up 353.6 total yards, 200.1 in passing and 153.6 in rushing per game.More news: Windows 10 Insider Preview 16278 Available to Download and Install
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USC ended last season as the hottest team in the nation and the No. 4 Trojans will try to pick up where they left off against Western Michigan at the Coliseum on Saturday.
Long-snapper Jake Olson, who came to many people's attention when he took part in a USC spring game, lost his vision at age 12 as a result of retinal cancer.