Career day for kicker

A little competition seems to be all USC kicker Andre Heidari needed to get back on track. Heidari was four for five Saturday in field goal attempts against Utah...

His job was up for grabs this week but on Saturday kicker Andre Heidari proved why he deserved to keep it.

After missing two field goals in the 14-10 loss a week ago at Notre Dame, Heidari bounced back in a bag way versus Utah.

The junior kicker made a career best four field goals ranging from 28 to 40 yards in the Trojans 19-3 win over Utah. He missed his fifth attempt from 37 yards, wide right.

The four field goals topped his previous career best set in 2011 with three field goals made against both Arizona State and California.

"I thought the kicking of Andre Heidari was crucial in this game," interim head coach Ed Orgeron said after the game. "We were able to get points.

Orgeron also admitted after the game the competition over the week between Heidari and walk-on Alex Wood may have been closer than anyone thought.

"Coach [John] Baxter did a tremendous job," Orgeron said. "He tracked all that they did. We went back over it. We were ready to put in another kicker if we needed to, but he did great."

Heidari was 6 for 11 on field goal attempts going into Saturday's game against Utah, he's now improved to 10 for 16.

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