Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Rose Bowl first quarter update

PASADENA, Calif. --

Rose Bowl first quarter update

PASADENA, Calif. --

1. Southern Cal won the coin flip and deferred until the second half. Josh Gaines started at left defensive tackle instead of at end.

2. On USC's first possession, it looked like Penn State linebacker Navorro Bowman dislocated a finger when he tried to wrapped up Trojans QB Mark Sanchez. He ran to the sidelines and had it checked out. He was back out for the next series.

3. An Aaron Maybin sack and forced fumble was negated by an offsides penalty on the defensive end.

4. The Trojans strung together a nice drive -- 11 plays covering 86 yards -- and were the first on the scoreboard when Sanchez hit Damian Williams over the middle for a 27-yard score. Williams beat Penn State safety Anthony Scirrotto to the ball and strutted into the end zone. USC, 7-0.

5.  Penn State strikes back. The Lions go 80 yards on nine plays and knot the score, 7-7, when quarterback Daryll Clark sneaks nine yards into the end zone. It was only the 12th TD the Trojans have allowed all season. Tie, 7-7.


About this blog
Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 20 years, covering college sports, golf and the Penn Relays.

Joining Joe this season will be John Stuetz, an intern for The Inquirer and senior at Penn State majoring in print journalism and marketing. This is John's third season covering the Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A native of Glenside, Montgomery County, John graduated from Cheltenham High School.

For Joe, this will be his fifth season on the paper's Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976 to 1984.

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