Rose Bowl, Day 7

LOS ANGELES -- And on the seventh day, he worked. Day 7 for Penn State was its worst. The Lions were ambushed by Southern Cal in the second quarter as the Trojans scored 24 points on their way to a 38-24 victory. Penn State battled in the second half, but this game was essentially over at the break. Here are this morning's stories in the paper, starting with the game playback.

-- There were many reasons for the loss, but losing running back Evan Royster certainly didn't help.

-- I'm not sure if Joe Paterno was out-coached, but the loss was most certainly not one of his better bowl performances.

-- There might not have been another team that could have beaten Mark Sanchez and the Trojans last night. It was easily the USC quarterback's best performance of his career.