Sam Darnold’s Rose Bowl heroics came as no surprise

With 1:27 left in the Rose Bowl and his team needing a touchdown to even the score, Sam Darnold had a decision to make. USC, marching downfield quickly, had a first down at Penn State’s 27-yard line. Taking the snap out of the shotgun, the redshirt freshman quarterback surveyed the field. He surely must have […]

USC gives Penn State a taste of its own medicine in Rose Bowl victory

When someone gives you a taste of your own medicine, it’s usually a bitter feeling. For Penn State, it was toxic. Entering the final quarter of play in Monday night’s Rose Bowl Game between USC and Penn State, the Nittany Lions held a 49-35 lead over the Trojans. Over the course of the 2016 season, […]

USC tops Penn State in thriller to claim Rose Bowl win

What started out as a one-sided blowout-in-the-making turned into a nail-biting, highest scoring game in Rose Bowl history between No. 9 USC and No. 5 Penn State. And for the Trojans, a thrilling 52-49 win on a game-winning 46-yard field goal by redshirt junior placekicker Matt Boermeester was a fitting end to their long-awaited return to […]

USC takes in pageantry of the Rose Bowl

Playing in the “Granddaddy of Them All” — the Rose Bowl Game — comes with some of the grandest pre-game festivities and pageantry in all of college sports. USC and Penn State will take the field Monday afternoon after undergoing a week filled with hype and buildup for the playing of the 103rd Rose Bowl […]

USC has taken a long road back to the Rose Bowl

A berth in the Rose Bowl Game was once a Trojan birthright. From 2004 to 2009, USC football took the field in Pasadena following the Rose Parade every single year save one — when the Trojans were busy thumping Oklahoma in Miami to win their (since-vacated) 2005 national championship. No team holds a candle to […]

Rose Bowl appearance solidifies USC’s resurgence

The first football practice I covered as a staff writer at the Daily Trojan was the one after head coach Steve Sarkisian showed up to a booster event inebriated, went on a drunken, profanity-laced tirade and later apologized for in front of a horde of cameras. This, I learned as a wide-eyed freshman, was just […]

USC, Penn State Rose Bowl matchup is marked by similarities

USC took an untraditional route to arrive at its most traditional postseason landing spot historically: the Rose Bowl game, or the “Granddaddy of Them All.” Despite concluding the regular season on an eight-game winning streak, USC failed even receive a berth to the conference title game. But after Washington won the Pac-12 Championship, it also punched its […]