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By: Old Hickory Trojan

"Injury updates: Greg Johnson and Dominic Davis are in concussion protocol. Liam Jimmons dislocated his elbow and will be out an extended period of time.

Helton said after watching the tape, he feels "a lot like [he] felt last night." 

"When you're playing a good football team like Oregon, it's very important to play clean football, and we did not do that," Helton said.

With their Pac-12 South destiny wrestled out of their hands, Helton said there is a lot of football left to be played, they'll take it one week at a time and see what happens at the end of the season. Helton said he really liked the defensive play over the first three Oregon drives.

"I thought the first three drives opportunities Oregon had are what our defense can be," Helton said. "Ultra-aggressive, assignment-wise they were lights out, and playing with their hair on fire. That quality of play is what we need at all times."

Helton noted that the defense was hurt by the four offensive turnovers and the special teams return touchdown.

"I think there were three minutes left in the first half and it's a 10-7 ballgame, all of a sudden you go to the next clip on film and it's 28-17," Helton said.

While the defense performed well early, Helton said the third quarter was a different story, as they couldn't get off the field on third downs.

As for Kedon Slovis' turnovers, Helton said the fumble in the redzone was the backbreaker, and that the first-possession touchdown pass to Drake London might have helped cause it. After Slovis was able to buy so much time on that touchdown, it looked as though he was trying to do it again. Helton said he probably had Amon-Ra St. Brown, his fifth option, open along the sideline, but Slovis "kind of waited for something to create and got hit from behind."

On the interception that was returned for a touchdown, Helton said Slovis stared the receiver down a bit, but that he also was hit as he released the ball and that affected the pass. As for the interception on fourth down, Helton mentioned that Tyler Vaughns get "entangled" with the safety on a play that wasn't called a penalty.

Helton said he knows this team will continue to fight over the final three weeks of the season.

"I know they're going to go out and do their jobs, because that's what professionals do," Helton said.

The Trojans continue to not get much in the way of a kickoff return game since the return touchdown in the opener, and the kickoff return touchdown allowed was a devastating play just before halftime. Still, Helton said he trusts special teams coach John Baxter.

"I am always confident in John Baxter," Helton said.

"There's a lot of football left to be played and anything can happen," Helton said. "We'll take this one week at a time for the next three weeks. The most important thing right now is to go compete against Arizona State."

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