USC Crushes Penn State to Win Rose Bowl
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 1, 2009 7:55 PM CST
Southern California's C.J. Gable runs into the end zone for a touchdown as Penn State cornerback Drew Astorino tries to stop him.   (Mark J. Terrill)
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(Newser) – Southern California made a strong case of its own to be No. 1 as it manhandled Penn State in the Rose Bowl, 38-24. Mark Sanchez passed for 413 yards and four touchdowns, and USC dominated on defense. Out of the BCS championship mix, the fifth-ranked Trojans (12-1) could only wonder what might have been had they not lost at Oregon State 27-21 in September.