Rose Bowl halftime: USC 31, Penn State 7

January, 1, 2009
1/01/09
6:51
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

PASADENA, Calif. -- The USC defense is fine and everything, but it looks like the Trojans offense is the inspired party in the Rose Bowl Game Presented by Citi.

USC scored 24 points in the second quarter to take a 31-7 lead into the halftime locker room.

That's double what Penn State's defense had been yielding in an entire game this season.

The Trojans 341 yards in the half is 77 more than the Nittany Lions were giving up in an entire game.

As for the USC defense, Penn State gained 177 yards, but it's impressive 80-yard touchdown drive in the first quarter now looks like a charming anomaly.

It also looks like star tailback Evan Royster is out with a knee injury after running six times for 34 yards.

Here's a telling comparison: Penn State was 1-for-5 on third-down conversions, and three of those third downs were from two yards or less.

USC is 6-for-8 on third down.

The star of the game? USC quarterback Mark Sanchez, who completed 18 of 23 for 276 yards with three touchdowns.

The Penn State secondary is completely overmatched by the Trojans receivers, and Sanchez is just shooting fish in a barrel.

Can we stick a fork in this one?

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