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Instant analysis: 2008 Rose Bowl -- Illinois vs. USC

Originally Published: January 1, 2008
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

PASADENA, Calif. -- Here's a look at what happened in the 2008 Rose Bowl game between Illinois and USC:

FINAL ANALYSIS How the game was won: After Southern California took an early 21-0 lead, Illinois was on the verge of making the score very close midway through the third quarter. But Illini receiver Jacob Willis fumbled into the end zone after making a catch, and Trojans linebacker Brian Cushing recovered for a touchback. USC converted that miscue into a touchdown, then cornerback ...

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