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Loss can’t take shine off season

PASADENA, Calif. — The effort and the finality moved James Franklin to tears. After the Nittany Lions wound up one stop and a field goal short of beating Southern Cal on Monday in the highest scoring Rose Bowl of all time, losing 52-49 as time ran out, Franklin didn’t mask his ...

Rose Bowl highlights, lowlights

PASADENA, Calif. — Following are the highlights and lowlights from Penn State’s 52-49 loss to Southern Cal in the Rose Bowl on Monday: Play of the game: USC quarterback Sam Darnold threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Deontay Burnett, splitting two PSU defenders, with 1:20 remaining to tie ...

Rose Bowl notebook

Godwin has great day PASADENA, Calif. — Receiver Chris Godwin had a superb Rose Bowl, finishing with nine catches for 187 yards and two touchdowns. He also made a spectacular one-handed catch and came up with a tipped ball down the sideline that led to a 72-yard score. “I thought I did ...

Rose Bowl scoring summary

FIRST QUARTER USC 7, Penn State 0: Trace McSorley’s second interception of the first quarter was a ball thrown behind DeAndre Thompkins, who had it hit off his hands before Adoree’ Jackson picked it off and returned it 21 yards to the USC 49. QB Sam Darnold connected with Deontay Burnett ...

Trojan quarterback up to the challenge

PASADENA, Calif. — The classic battle that Southern Cal was able to emerge from with a 52-49 victory on the game’s final play in Monday’s Rose Bowl left Trojan coach Clay Helton convinced he had been part of something special. “What a terrific football game,” Helton raved afterward. ...

PSU’s inspired play upstaged by USC’s late heroics

PASADENA, Calif. — Many people consider Texas vs. USC in the 2006 Rose Bowl to be the greatest college football game they’ve ever seen, in large part because it was a heavyweight battle for the national title. In terms of memories, amazing individual performances and sheer wackiness, ...

PSU needs to look deep against USC

LOS ANGELES — Five things to look for as Penn State faces USC in what should be a fantastic and entertaining Rose Bowl. No. 1: Air it out Want to know why Ohio State looked so bad in its shutout loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff? Because the Buckeyes were incapable of ...

Nittany Lions are playing for more than themselves

LOS ANGELES — Bowl games are generally viewed as either a cap to a great regular season or a springboard toward next year. With the gorgeous Rose Bowl as tonight’s backdrop, Penn State actually finds itself in both scenarios. The No. 5 Nittany Lions’ glamour matchup with No. 9 USC ...

Lions best flu, Knights

PISCAWAY, N.J. — With six or seven guys battling a stomach flu for the past four days — including usual starters Shep Garner and Mike Watkins and key reserve Terrence Samuel — Penn State coach Patrick Chambers was using assistant coaches in practice as extra bodies. The sick half of the ...

Texas junior picks Penn St

If one of Penn State football coach James Franklin’s New Year’s resolutions was to finish out on a blockbuster 2018 recruiting class, the Nittany Lions wasted no time getting to work on that. Just an hour after the calendar turned on the east coast, Texas junior defensive back Isaiah ...

Altoona’s Givens makes strides on, off field

LOS ANGELES — We’ve seen Kevin Givens develop before our eyes on the football field this season for Penn State, and there’s no doubt the redshirt freshman still has worlds of untapped potential. Behind the scenes, Givens has made great personal growth as a young man, as well, taking ...

Hollidaysburg’s Simpson getting ‘special’ chance

The opening kickoff was a bit short and fluttering in the wind and sleet at Rutgers, and for a moment, it appeared Zach Simpson was fading back to catch it. He didn’t see it quite that way. “I’m supposed to set up 10 yards in front of where Miles (Sanders) would catch the ball,” ...

Sanders patiently waiting behind Barkley

LOS ANGELES — True freshman Miles Sanders is sitting behind one of the best running backs in Penn State history, Saquon Barkley, and he’s soaking up as much as he can for the time down the road when he gets to take over as the lead tailback. “He’s been a mentor and a role model,” ...

PSU’s play of the year forever links Allen, Haley

LOS ANGELES — It’s still relatively new, so fresh in their minds, and the season is still going on, so Marcus Allen and Grant Haley cannot fully grasp the significance of the play. With the passage of time — 10 years, 20 years, decades longer — the biggest play of this Penn State ...

PSU’s ‘other’ play of the year

LOS ANGELES — The blocked field goal returned for a TD against Ohio State was the play of the year for Penn State, but there was another huge play that many coaches and players have singled out as the major turning point of the season. Coming off a 49-10 loss at Michigan and sitting at 2-2, ...

Barbour hints at Franklin extension

LOS ANGELES — Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour wouldn’t give any details but did offer up a hint that a contract extension for coach James Franklin is in the works. “Things are moving along,” Barbour said Saturday with a little smile. Franklin’s contract runs through the ...

Hackenberg waits for his chance in ‘redshirt’ year with Jets

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Christian Hackenberg will swap his sweats for shoulder pads and a helmet on the New York Jets’ sideline today. That actually counts as progress for the rookie quarterback, who’ll be active for a regular-season game for the first time in his NFL career. While some ...

Giger: Moorhead drawing heavy interest

LOS ANGELES — It’s a wonderful feeling being wanted, having others covet you professionally or personally and being able to take pride in knowing you have something very good to offer. Right now, Joe Moorhead is a hot name in college football. That’s what happens when, in less than a ...

Barkley thinks he can improve

LOS ANGELES — Saquon Barkley could find himself in an interesting position one year from now when it comes to playing in Penn State’s bowl game or skipping it to save his body and prepare for the NFL draft. That sort of thing would have been unheard of throughout the history of college ...

Bowen, Blacknall suspended by PSU

LOS ANGELES — Receiver Saeed Blacknall will not get a chance to repeat his stellar Big Ten championship game performance in the Rose Bowl, and starting linebacker Manny Bowen is out as well for Penn State. Both players have been suspended for the game for violating team rules, the school ...