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USC hits FG at gun, beats Penn State 52-49 in epic Rose Bowl

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) Matt Boermeester kicked a 46-yard field goal as time expired, and No. 9 Southern California rallied from a 14-point deficit in the fourth quarter for a spectacular 52-49 victory over No. 5 Penn State on Monday night in the highest-scoring Rose Bowl ever played.

Freshman Sam Darnold passed for 453 yards and five touchdowns while leading a jaw-dropping comeback for the Trojans (10-3), who won their ninth consecutive game and won their first Rose Bowl since 2009.

''It was a whole team effort,'' Darnold said. ''That's the way it's been all year. We never gave up.''

The Trojans were almost finished when they trailed 49-35 with nine minutes to play, but Darnold and the Trojans had something extra in one of the most entertaining chapters in the 103-game history of the Granddaddy of Them All.

Deontay Burnett, who had three TD catches, caught a tying 27-yard scoring pass from Darnold with 1:20 left to cap an 80-yard drive in 38 seconds with no timeouts available.

Leon McQuay III then intercepted a long pass by Trace McSorley and returned it 32 yards to the Penn State 33 with 27 seconds left to set up Boermeester, who missed two earlier field goals.

The junior confidently drilled the Rose Bowl winner, and he sprinted away to celebrate amid pandemonium in the packed stadium.

''It's beautiful,'' McQuay said. ''This is a special group of guys. Oh man, this is the time to step up. This is the time to make plays.''

McSorley passed for 254 yards and threw two of his four touchdown passes to Chris Godwin for the Nittany Lions (11-3), whose nine-game winning streak ended in heartbreaking fashion.

Saquon Barkley rushed for 194 yards and two TDs for the Nittany Lions (12-2), who followed up their 21-point comeback in the Big Ten title game with another ferocious rally.

With one jaw-dropping play after another from two talent-laden offenses, the teams obliterated the combined Rose Bowl scoring record in the third quarter, surpassing Oregon's 45-38 victory over Wisconsin in the 2012 game.

The Nittany Lions' offensive stars put together a highlight reel for the ages during a 28-point third quarter. After trailing 27-21 at the break, Penn State scored three touchdowns on its first three snaps of the second half: a stunning 72-yard run by Barkley, a jaw-dropping bobbled 79-yard catch by Godwin and a 3-yard TD run by McSorley after an interception return.

THE TAKEAWAY

Penn State: The Nittany Lions' magical season culminated in an extraordinary heartbreaker, but this collapse won't hurt their prospects for 2017 and beyond. Penn State is firmly back on the national stage, and a wealth of talent will return to defend the Big Ten title.

USC: The defense had been remarkable since USC's 1-3 start to the season, but it couldn't stop Penn State's big-play stars. Darnold made sure it didn't matter, and he'll be back next year as an immediate Heisman Trophy candidate looking to add more achievements while raising his profile in the pantheon of Trojans quarterbacks.

UP NEXT

Although both teams will have gaps to fill from departing stars, Penn State and USC should both be among the top preseason candidates to get to the College Football Playoff next season. After this postseason showcase for recruits and fans, the future is bright for two proud programs firmly restored to their former glory.

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Key Players
S. Darnold 14 QB
453 YDs, 5 TDs, 1 INTs
S. Barkley 26 RB
194 YDs, 2 TDs
Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:05
39-M.Boermeester 46 yards Field Goal is Good.
3
plays
-32
yds
00:22
pos
52
49
Point After TD 1:20
39-M.Boermeester extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
49
49
Touchdown 1:20
14-S.Darnold complete to 80-D.Burnett. 80-D.Burnett runs 27 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
110
yds
00:39
pos
48
49
Point After TD 8:15
39-M.Boermeester extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
42
49
Touchdown 8:15
25-R.Jones runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
83
yds
04:29
pos
41
49
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:55
95-T.Davis extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
35
49
Touchdown 1:55
9-T.McSorley complete to 26-S.Barkley. 26-S.Barkley runs 7 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
102
yds
04:46
pos
35
48
Two Point Conversion 6:47
14-S.Darnold complete to 48-T.McNamara. 48-T.McNamara to PSU End Zone for 2 yards. Conversion is good.
plays
yds
pos
35
42
Touchdown 6:47
14-S.Darnold complete to 9-J.Smith-Schuster. 9-J.Smith-Schuster runs 13 yards for a touchdown.
10
plays
65
yds
03:39
pos
33
42
Point After TD 10:26
95-T.Davis extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
27
42
Touchdown 10:26
9-T.McSorley runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
3
yds
00:05
pos
27
41
Point After TD 11:27
95-T.Davis extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
27
35
Touchdown 11:27
9-T.McSorley complete to 12-C.Godwin. 12-C.Godwin runs 72 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
72
yds
00:11
pos
27
34
Point After TD 13:05
95-T.Davis extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
27
28
Touchdown 13:05
26-S.Barkley runs 79 yards for a touchdown.
1
plays
79
yds
00:17
pos
27
27
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 0:54
95-T.Davis extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
27
21
Touchdown 0:54
9-T.McSorley complete to 88-M.Gesicki. 88-M.Gesicki runs 11 yards for a touchdown.
14
plays
87
yds
05:22
pos
27
20
Point After TD 6:16
39-M.Boermeester extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
27
14
Touchdown 6:16
14-S.Darnold complete to 1-D.Rogers. 1-D.Rogers runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
80
yds
02:23
pos
26
14
Point After TD 8:39
95-T.Davis extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
20
14
Touchdown 8:39
9-T.McSorley complete to 12-C.Godwin. 12-C.Godwin runs 30 yards for a touchdown.
4
plays
71
yds
01:31
pos
20
13
Point After TD 10:15
39-M.Boermeester extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
20
7
Touchdown 10:15
14-S.Darnold complete to 80-D.Burnett. 80-D.Burnett runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
60
yds
01:25
pos
19
7
Point After TD 11:44
95-T.Davis extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
13
7
Touchdown 11:44
26-S.Barkley runs 24 yards for a touchdown.
8
plays
68
yds
03:16
pos
13
6
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:26
39-M.Boermeester 44 yards Field Goal is Good.
10
plays
15
yds
02:55
pos
13
0
Field Goal 4:46
39-M.Boermeester 22 yards Field Goal is Good.
13
plays
7
yds
04:48
pos
10
0
Point After TD 10:31
39-M.Boermeester extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
7
0
Touchdown 10:31
14-S.Darnold complete to 80-D.Burnett. 80-D.Burnett runs 26 yards for a touchdown.
5
plays
51
yds
01:44
pos
6
0
1st Downs 33 23
Rushing 6 8
Passing 23 12
Penalty 4 3
3rd Down Conv 8-15 4-10
4th Down Conv 0-0 0-0
Total Net Yards 575 466
Total Plays 88 62
Avg Gain 6.5 7.5
Net Yards Rushing 122 211
Rush Attempts 34 33
Avg Rush Yards 3.6 6.4
Net Yards Passing 453 255
Comp. - Att. 33-54 18-29
Yards Per Pass 8.4 8.8
Sacked - Yards Lost 0-0 1-1
Penalties - Yards 10-85 5-65
Touchdowns 6 7
Rushing TDs 1 3
Passing TDs 5 4
Other 0 0
Turnovers 1 3
Fumbles - Lost 0-0 1-0
Int. Thrown 1 3
Punts - Avg 4-44.3 5-50.8
Return Yards 186 153
Punts - Returns 3-19 1-18
Kickoffs - Returns 6-114 5-111
Int. - Returns 3-53 1-24
Kicking 8/10 7/7
Extra Points 5/5 7/7
Field Goals 3/5 0/0
Safeties 0 0
1234T
9 USC 10-3131481752
5 Penn St. 11-302128049
453 PASS YDS 255
122 RUSH YDS 211
575 TOTAL YDS 466
USC
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
S. Darnold 14 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.3% 453 5 1 161.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
67.2% 3086 31 9 161.1
S. Darnold 33/53 453 5 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
R. Jones II 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
20 55 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
177 1082 12
R. Jones II 20 55 1 7
J. Davis 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 43 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
110 607 2
J. Davis 6 43 0 24
S. Darnold 14 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 20 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
62 250 2
S. Darnold 5 20 0 13
A. Jackson 2 DB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
2 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
7 51 0
A. Jackson 2 2 0 2
J. Smith-Schuster 9 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
5 27 0
J. Smith-Schuster 1 2 0 2
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
D. Burnett 80 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
13 164 3
SEASON REC YDS TD
56 622 7
D. Burnett 13 164 3 32
J. Smith-Schuster 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
7 133 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
70 914 10
J. Smith-Schuster 7 133 1 36
D. Rogers 1 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 42 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
56 696 4
D. Rogers 5 42 1 13
J. Greene 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 28 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 28 0
J. Greene 1 28 0 28
D. Imatorbhebhe 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 25 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 25 0
D. Imatorbhebhe 2 25 0 13
A. Jackson 2 DB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 24 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 76 1
A. Jackson 1 24 0 24
A. Ware 28 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 20 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 29 0
A. Ware 1 20 0 20
J. Davis 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
14 112 0
J. Davis 1 14 0 14
R. Jones II 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 3 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 76 1
R. Jones II 2 3 0 6
T. McNamara 48 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
0 0 0
T. McNamara 0 0 0 0
D. Hampton 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 73 2
D. Hampton 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
L. McQuay III 22 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 2 0.0
L. McQuay III 7-0 0.0 1
S. Tu'ikolovatu 96 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 0 0.0
S. Tu'ikolovatu 6-2 0.0 0
R. Green 94 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-1 0 1.0
R. Green 4-1 1.0 0
A. Jackson 2 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 5 0.0
A. Jackson 4-0 0.0 1
P. Gustin 45 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
P. Gustin 3-1 0.0 0
M. Hutchings 19 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
M. Hutchings 2-0 0.0 0
C. Hawkins 4 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
C. Hawkins 2-0 0.0 0
U. Nwosu 42 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
U. Nwosu 2-0 0.0 0
I. Marshall 8 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 3 0.0
I. Marshall 2-0 0.0 1
Ca. Smith 35 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-2 0 0.0
Ca. Smith 2-2 0.0 0
M. Tell III 7 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 1 0.0
M. Tell III 2-0 0.0 0
A. Harris 27 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 2 0.0
A. Harris 1-1 0.0 0
Ja. Jones 1 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
Ja. Jones 1-0 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
M. Boermeester 39 K
IN-GAME FG XP
3/5 5/5
SEASON FG XP
18/25 53/54
M. Boermeester 3/5 46 5/5 14
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
C. Tilbey 36 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 44.3 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
4 44.3 0
C. Tilbey 4 44.3 0 54
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
A. Jackson 2 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
4 24.0 35 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
26 29.5 35 2
A. Jackson 4 24.0 35 0
M. Pittman Jr. 6 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 9.0 13 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 7.8 13 0
M. Pittman Jr. 2 9.0 13 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
D. Burnett 80 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 3.0 8 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 6.5 8 0
D. Burnett 2 3.0 8 0
A. Jackson 2 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 13.0 13 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
20 15.8 13 2
A. Jackson 1 13.0 13 0
Penn St.
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
T. McSorley 9 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
62.1% 254 4 3 160.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.9% 3614 29 8 156.9
T. McSorley 18/29 254 4 3
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
S. Barkley 26 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
25 194 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
25 194 2
S. Barkley 25 194 2 79
T. McSorley 9 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 13 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
146 365 7
T. McSorley 6 13 1 5
A. Robinson 6 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
29 141 5
A. Robinson 1 4 0 4
Ma. Allen 8 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 0 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
29 115 1
Ma. Allen 1 0 0 0
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
C. Godwin 12 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
9 187 2
SEASON REC YDS TD
59 982 11
C. Godwin 9 187 2 72
S. Barkley 26 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 55 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 55 1
S. Barkley 5 55 1 17
M. Gesicki 88 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 11 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
48 679 5
M. Gesicki 1 11 1 11
D. Thompkins 3 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 9 0
D. Thompkins 2 9 0 8
Ma. Allen 8 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -8 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 24 1
Ma. Allen 1 -8 0 -8
Defense T-A SACK INT
M. Golden 6 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-0 1 0.0
M. Golden 7-0 0.0 0
J. Cabinda 40 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-4 0 0.0
J. Cabinda 7-4 0.0 0
G. Haley 15 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-0 0 0.0
G. Haley 5-0 0.0 0
Ma. Allen 2 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
5-4 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
5-4 0 0.0
Ma. Allen 5-4 0.0 0
E. Schwan 94 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
E. Schwan 4-0 0.0 0
C. Campbell 1 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 1 0.0
C. Campbell 3-0 0.0 0
J. Smith 12 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
J. Smith 3-0 0.0 0
C. Cothran 52 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
C. Cothran 3-0 0.0 0
T. Brown 19 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
T. Brown 2-0 0.0 0
K. Farmer 7 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
K. Farmer 2-0 0.0 0
P. Cothren 41 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
P. Cothren 1-1 0.0 0
K. Givens 30 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
K. Givens 1-1 0.0 0
G. Sickels 90 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
G. Sickels 1-0 0.0 0
J. Miller 9 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
J. Miller 1-0 0.0 0
R. Windsor 54 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
R. Windsor 1-0 0.0 0
C. Brown 31 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-3 0 0.0
C. Brown 1-3 0.0 0
T. Chavis 56 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
T. Chavis 1-1 0.0 0
B. Bell 11 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 2 0.0
B. Bell 0-1 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
T. Davis 95 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/0 7/7
SEASON FG XP
0/0 7/7
T. Davis 0/0 0 7/7 7
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
B. Gillikin 93 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
5 50.8 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
5 50.8 1
B. Gillikin 5 50.8 1 65
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
M. Sanders 24 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 18.0 23 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
3 18.0 23 0
M. Sanders 3 18.0 23 0
S. Barkley 26 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 28.5 33 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
2 28.5 33 0
S. Barkley 2 28.5 33 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
G. Garrity 19 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 18.0 18 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 8.0 18 0
G. Garrity 1 18.0 18 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:47 PSU 35 0:54 4 -32 FG Miss
12:15 USC 49 1:44 5 51 TD
9:34 USC 43 4:48 13 53 FG
3:21 USC 20 2:55 10 15 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:40 USC 40 1:25 5 60 TD
8:39 USC 25 2:23 7 75 TD
0:46 USC 26 0:44 7 5 FG Miss
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:49 USC 35 1:19 4 -6 Punt
13:01 USC 26 1:10 6 5 Punt
11:22 USC 23 0:39 1 2 INT
10:26 USC 35 3:39 10 65 TD
1:43 USC 9 1:34 5 16
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
12:44 USC 17 4:29 10 83 TD
6:41 USC 21 2:38 5 17 Punt
1:59 USC 20 0:39 5 80 TD
0:27 PSU 33 0:22 3 -32 FG
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:49 PSU 33 1:24 3 27 INT
10:22 PSU 23 0:41 3 0 Punt
4:42 PSU 25 1:07 3 9 Punt
0:21 PSU 30 0:00 1 2
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 PSU 32 3:16 8 68 TD
10:10 PSU 29 1:31 4 71 TD
6:16 PSU 25 5:22 14 75 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:22 PSU 21 0:17 1 79 TD
11:38 PSU 28 0:11 1 72 TD
10:31 USC 3 0:05 1 3 TD
6:41 PSU 18 4:46 10 87 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:54 PSU 34 1:58 3 1 Punt
8:09 PSU 25 1:17 3 2 Punt
3:56 PSU 25 1:48 5 10 Punt
1:09 PSU 35 0:31 2 1 INT