The University of Southern California beat Penn State 38-24 to win their third consecutive Rose Bowl title. They are the first team to achieve this feat.
“We owned it for a couple years and it’s gotten sweeter and sweeter as the years go on,” linebacker Rey Maualuga said. “This is our home turf and we came in and dominated.”
Mark Sanchez, who passed for 413 yards and four touchdowns for his team, was instrumental in the much-lauded victory which saw the Trojans rushing to a 31-7 lead by the half-time. He became only the third quarterback to pass for more than 400 yards in the history of the game. Coach Pete Carroll felt regret with his team being denied entry in the college football’s national championships.
“I don’t think anybody could beat us,” Carroll, who has been a proponent of a playoff system in college football, said in a televised interview. “Maybe someday there will be a chance, but not this year.”
USC were ranked No. 1 before they lost to Oregon State in their third game of the season. They have now won 24 Rose Bowl titles in as many as 33 appearances, most by any college team.