USC kicker Matt Boermeester (#39) celebrating his game winning kick in last night’s Rose Bowl. Photo courtesy of fansided.com
THOUGHTS REGARDING THE TROJANS’ WIN FOR THE AGES IN THE 103rd ROSE BOWL GAME
Down 17 points halfway through the fourth quarter.
With two of your best defensive players out – one due to an ankle injury and the other after being ejected for targeting with his helmet.
Deontay Burnett (#80) making the touchdown catch that tied the game at 49 in the fourth quarter of arguably the greatest Rose Bowl ever played. Photo courtesy of reignoftroy.com
Then, after coming to within ten points due to a touchdown run, with exactly eighty seconds left in the game…
A touchdown pass to tie the score – one of ten straight completions in the quarter – from a red shirt freshman who began the season on the bench,
Justin Davis (#22) getting some yardage during yesterday’s Rose Bowl. Photo courtesy of upi.com
An interception by a guy who had dropped one just before,
And a winning field goal kick of 46 yards with no time left on the clock,
In front of 95,128 people on a chilly afternoon and evening in Pasadena…
Full highlights of the 103rd (and USC’s 34th) Rose Bowl Game, won by the Trojans for the 25th time. Courtesy of YouTube.
If any student, fan or alumnus can name a more exciting win than the 52-49 triumph that their University of Southern California Trojans pulled out over Penn State in yesterday’s Rose Bowl, I would very much like to hear about it.
HOW THOSE TROJANS DID IT: The last two minutes of SC’s epic 52-49 win over Penn State. Courtesy of YouTube.
After everything that went down in USC’s 25th Rose Bowl win in 34 tries, there is honestly not that much that can be said that hasn’t already been said save for one thing.
Which I’m sure is stating the obvious…
USC coach Clay Helton celebrating with the Trojan band and many fans after his team’s comeback win in Pasadena. Photo courtesy of upi.com
Those Trojans simply wanted it more.
USC’s Song Girls at the recent Beef Bowl held at Lawry’s. Photo courtesy of reignoftroy.com
And those two pass interference penalties from Penn State to set up that tying score certainly didn’t hurt!
Later this week this site will do its wrap-up on USC’s football season and how it rose from a 1-3 ashes to a return to elite status, as well as stating what I think is their future going forward.
So be sure to click on this site for that!
In the meantime, I hope everybody in the Trojan Family enjoys these images and highlight clips from what is arguably the greatest win USC has had in the 21st century.
OH, AND FOR THE RECORD:
My two heroes of the game:
Deontay Burnett – 13 catches, 164 yards, 3 touchdowns
Sam Darnold – 33 completions out of 53 pass attempts for 453 yards (Rose Bowl record), 5 touchdown passes
And my goat of the game (and not the Greatest Of All Time, either):
Trace McSorely – Three interceptions, including the one by Leon McQuay that set up the tying touchdown.
The Kick Heard ‘Round The World and which will forever be remembered among every student, fan, and alum of USC, courtesy of Matt Boermeester. Photo courtesy of upi.com