Penn State Loses Rose Bowl

Posted on January 31, 2017 by

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Penn State Nittany Lions, #5, and Southern California Trojans, #9, fought tremendously for the title of college football champions. With a USC win, they were titled Rose Bowl champions of 2017.

On 2 January 2017, the University of Southern California gave Penn State a run for their money with a 52-49 win. It all started with PSU’s kickoff after receiver Miles Sanders fumbled the ball on the return. The first half went downhill from there for Penn State.

PSU quarterback, Jake Zembiec, threw two interceptions the first half of the first quarter, aiding Trojan defender Deonta Burnett in running a 26-yard touchdown reception. By the middle of quarter one, USC had a lead of 7-0.

Extending their lead, Trojan Matt Boermeester ran forty-four yards, scoring yet another touchdown for his team. As soon as Penn State finally realized they needed to get their head in the game, running back Saquon Barkley made a 24-yard running touchdown and Trace McSorley received a 30-yard touchdown pass. By the end of the second quarter, USC still had a lead of 27-21.

Fifty-five seconds into the third quarter, Saquon Barkley proved himself again with a 79-yard touchdown run, giving Penn State the boost they needed.

Not much further into the quarter, PSU scored another touchdown, increasing their lead by 7 points, leaving USC at 27 and PSU at 42.

Soon enough, Southern California realized they needed to come back as they continued to score the points they needed to win this game. They seemed to get back on track with a 10-play, 65-yard drive. A 13-yard touchdown pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster pulled them back in the game with a score of 42-35, with Penn State still in the lead.

Without backing down, Penn State scored yet another touchdown with a 7-yard TD pass to Saquon Barkley. The third quarter was definitely in their favor; by the end of it, the score was a miraculous 49-35.

During the fourth quarter kick-off from USC, a Penn State player fumbled the ball, but PSU was given back the ball after it was determined a player on the ground gained possession.

Just a few minutes into fourth quarter, Trojan player Ronald Jones throws a 3-yard touchdown pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster, increasing their score to a whopping 49-42. Penn State was still in the lead.

In a tied ball game with a minute-and-fifty seconds left, Deonta Burnett scored once again. With Southern California in possession of the ball, the team decided to kick a field goal to earn those extra three points they needed to win.

The final score was 52-49 USC.

       

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