Rose Bowl final: USC 38, Penn State 24

January, 1, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

PASADENA, Calif. -- Give Penn State credit for fighting until the end. USC yawned its way through the fourth quarter, the Trojans defense in particular playing with uncharacteristic indifference.

That team in the fourth quarter was the one that lost to Oregon State.

But entering the final frame with a 31-7 lead may not inspire the same intensity as a nailbiter for the national championship.

The game belonged to quarterback Mark Sanchez, who became just the third Rose Bowl quarterback to pass for more than 400 yards.

Sanchez completed 28 of 35 passes for 413 yards with four touchdowns.

Penn State played most of the game without running back Evan Royster, who was lost in the first half to an apparent knee injury.

But that probably wouldn't have made much of a difference, unless Royster could have helped the Nittany Lions overmatched secondary.

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