Pasadena Power

Mark Sanchez, Damian Williams
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Mark Sanchez and Damian Williams powered USC's win over Penn St.
In the end, Penn State made it respectable, but the Rose Bowl was won in the second quarter, when USC flexed its muscles. Ivan Maisel
Bowl Overview
It was over when... C.J. Gable caught a 20-yard TD pass to give the Trojans a 31-7 lead ... in the first half.
Gameball goes to... Mark Sanchez, who threw for 413 yards and four touchdowns.
Stat of the game... 31. With the win, USC tied Alabama for the most bowl wins in FBS history.
USC VS. PENN STATE
ESPN'S TAKE
Ted Miller

Sanchez steals the day
PASADENA, Calif. -- Give Penn State credit for fighting until the end. USC yawned its way through the fourth quarter, the Trojans defense in particular playing with uncharacteristic indifference.

That team in the fourth quarter was the one that lost to Oregon State.

But entering the final frame with a 31-7 lead may not inspire the same intensity as a nailbiter for the national championship.

The game belonged to quarterback Mark Sanchez, who became just the third Rose Bowl quarterback to pass for more than 400 yards.

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-- Ted Miller | Read more in the Rose Bowl blog


Adam RittenbergBig Ten blues
Penn State entered the Cardinal and Gold inferno known as Rose Bowl Stadium in search of national respect for its football program and, secondly, its beleaguered conference.

The Nittany Lions ended up getting burned, and so did the Big Ten.

Penn State players had grown tired of hearing how great No. 5 USC was this season. The eighth-ranked Lions don't have to hear it any more. They experienced it in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi.

In a game that would define Penn State and the Big Ten more than any other this postseason, USC beat the Nittany Lions 38-24. The result wasn't a total surprise, but the way it happened was shocking.

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-- Adam Rittenberg | Read more in the Rose Bowl blog

Team Stat Comparison
 
1st Downs1927
Total Yards410474
Passing273413
Rushing13761
Penalties9-726-60
3rd Down Conversions5-127-14
4th Down Conversions0-21-2
Turnovers31
Possession28:0131:59
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Bowls Individual Leaders
Penn State Passing
 C/ATTYDSTDINT
D. Clark21/3627322
USC Passing
 C/ATTYDSTDINT
M. Sanchez28/3541340
Penn State Rushing
 CARYDSTDLG
S. Green1057026
USC Rushing
 CARYDSTDLG
S. Johnson1563013
Penn State Receiving
 RECYDSTDLG
S. Green567030
USC Receiving
 RECYDSTDLG
D. Williams10162135