Clay Helton gave Justin Davis a simple directive as USC attempted to close out its victory over UCLA.
"He told me, 'This is your job, to end the game,'" Davis said.
And so Helton, USC's interim coach, put the ball in Davis' hands again and again and again.
The junior tailback carried the ball 15 times in the final 13 minutes, amassing 100 of his 130 yards rushing in the 40-21 victory that propelled the Trojans into Saturday's Pac-12 Conference championship game against Stanford at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.
"We know what Stanford's going to bring, and we've been playing that kind of football — physical and hard-nosed — and I think...