EMPHATIC point totals, highlight plays from defense and offense and a nail-bitting finish. The 2016 Rose Bowl had it all. As USC’s Matt Boermeester flushed the 46 yarder to win it 52-49 an instant classic was born.
PART of me feels sorry for Penn State. They entered the game ranked 5th in the country, with many people demanding they deserved to be in the CFP (college football playoff) this year. Their consolation prize was a trip to Pasadena to face USC who had ‘homefield’ advantage.
THAT didn’t stop the Nittany Lions from setting the tone early, especially with the help of Saquon Barkley. The sophomore running back had nearly 250 yards from scrimmage and three scores, with his third TD giving Penn State a 49-35 lead that looked insurmountable. Instead the Trojans responded to score the last 17 points of the game. With the scores tied at 49 we seemed destined for OT until Trace McSorely literally threw away their season into the hands of USC’s Leon McQuay III. He returned the pick for 32 yards, well within field goal range and the rest is history.
THE highest scoring Rose Bowl ever played saw over 1000 yards of combined offense and highlight plays that fans there will tell their grandkids about. The 103rd edition of ‘The Granddaddy Of Them All’ is potentially the best Rose Bowl game we have ever seen and will go down as the Bowl Game of the Year. Thank you Penn State/USC.
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