Mendenhall ends season on high note, now faces draft decision
PASADENA, Calif. -- Hounded by a swarming defense, Rashard Mendenhall looked as if he was ready for another college season instead of a big paycheck from the NFL.
And then, he showed just why he might have a lucrative future.
If the Rose Bowl was his final game for Illinois, Mendenhall went out in style. He ran for all but 27 of his 155 yards in the second half, but Southern California (No. 7 BCS, No. 6 AP) overwhelmed the 13th-ranked Illini, 49-17 on Tuesday.
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