USC defeated Penn State 52-49 on Monday night in one of the wildest Rose Bowl games ever witnessed in Pasadena, Calif.

  • USC Trojans 52 (10-3)
  • Penn State Nittany Lions 49 (11-3)
  • CFB, Final, Box Score
  • Rose Bowl, Pasadena, CA

Any game recap you read isn’t going to do this game justice. It was an absolute dog fight with both teams punching each other in the mouth consistently.

The Trojans started the game up 13-0, but were met with an incredible run by Penn State from the second quarter until about the end of the third quarter. At one point, Penn State scored on seven straight possessions.

Two of the scores came on a Saquon Barkley 79-yard touchdown run and an improbable touchdown pass from Trace McSorley to Chris Godwin. That’s how the third quarter started off for Penn State. Penn State put 28 points on USC in the third quarter.

Going into the fourth quarter, Penn State had a comfortable 49-35 lead.

USC didn’t score in the fourth until Ronald Jones III scored from three yards out with 8:15 left on the clock. After Penn State went four-and-out once again, it was Sam Darnold’s turn to thrust himself into the lure of USC football history.

Darnold drove down 80 yards and fired a 27-yard pass to Deontay Burnett to bring the Trojans to within one point and 1:20 left in the game. The extra point tied the game up.

The ball was in Penn State’s court. McSorley had a chance to make some big plays or just play for overtime. However, he forced a ball to USC defensive back Leon McQuay – a huge mistake.

McQuay intercepted the McSorley ball and got far enough into Penn State territory to setup a long field goal for kicker Matt Boermeester. He had already missed two long field goals up to this point.

With time winding down, Boermeester nailed the game-winning 46-yard field goal, giving USC their 10th win of the season and a Rose Bowl victory.

It was an incredible game that will be remembered for years to come.

Darnold cemented a young legacy already. He threw for 453 yards and five touchdowns. He only was picked off once and had an ESPN QBR rating of 80.1.

His top receiver Burnett stepped up and caught 13 passes for 164 yards and three touchdowns. JuJu Smith-Schuster and Darreus Rogers also added a touchdown catch each.



Posted by Ryan Gaydos

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the LA Sports Pulse. When I'm not doing that or asleep, I am running's homepage. Follow me on Twitter @RyanGaydos.

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