Sports Alert!!: Pasadena, CA: U.S.C. wins against Penn State in the 103rd Rose Bowl college football game.
University of Southern California (U.S.C.) Trojans has won against Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) Nittany Lions will be playing in the 103rd Rose Bowl college football game held on Monday, January 2nd, 2016 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
** Scores: Final: **
– U.S.C. Trojans: 52
– Penn State Nittany Lions: 49
According to NBC Sports, the U.S.C. Trojans came from behind late in the 4th Quarter to defeat the Penn State Nittany Lions and win.
The U.S.C. Trojans made it a one-score game after a sensational grab by JuJu Smith-Schuster set up a touchdown run by Ronald Jones II to put U.S.C. Trojans within a touchdown.
Penn State Nittany Lions capped off an 8th play, 82 yard scoring drive that was assisted by multiple personal foul penalties by the U.S.C. Trojans.
Trace McSorley found Saquon Barkley for the 7 yard touchdown catch to give the Penn State Nittany Lions a 2 touchdown lead.
Sam Darnold helped the U.S.C. Trojans stop the bleeding as he connected with wide-receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster on a 13 yard strike for U.S.C. Trojans’ first score of the 2nd half.
Then the U.S.C. Trojans went for 2 on a fake extra-point, and Darnold miraculously avoided falling on the play to find Taylor McNamara in the end zone for the conversion.
But Penn State Nittany Lions struck like a tidal wave in the second half as Saquon Barkley exploded for a 79 yard touchdown run and Chris Godwin added a 72 yard touchdown catch a few minutes later.
On the Trojan’s third possession of the second half, Darnold’s pass to Schuster was deflected into the air and intercepted by the Nittany Lions as the ball was returned down to the 3 yard line.
A play later, quarterback Trace McSorley scored on the QB keeper to cap off the Penn State Nittany Lions 6th straight touchdown possession.
After throwing interceptions in each of his first 2 pass attempts to start the game, McSorley led Penn State Nittany Lions to touchdowns on their last four possessions as they erased a 13 point U.S.C. Trojans lead in the 1st half.
Barkley has 180 yards and 2 touchdowns for the Nittany Lions and McSorley has thrown for 253 yards with four touchdowns and 2 interceptions.
Godwin leads the Penn State Nittany Lions in receptions with nine catches for 187 yards and a touchdown in the 1st half.
To make matters worse, the U.S.C. Trojans best cover man, Iman Marshall, is out of the game with a head injury.
U.S.C. Trojans started the game unstoppable on offense, but have punted on each of their 1st 2 possessions in the 2nd half.
Freshman quarterback Sam Darnold has 305 yards with 4 touchdowns and an interception.
Deontay Burnett leads all receivers with 7 catches for 81 yards and two scores.
Smith-Schuster has 4 catches for 83 yards and a touchdown.
Jim Thorpe Award winner Adoree’ Jackson has an interception, but was beat on a big play by Godwin for a touchdown in the 1st half.
After the U.S.C. Trojans won, U.S.C. Trojans Fans in the pack stadium erupted in cheers that their U.S.C. Trojans has won the 103rd Rose Bowl college football game.