Well it's taken a few days for the disappointment to settle a little bit. I'm not sure it will ever completely go away because I think this was one of the best PSU teams ever. Well some will say this team over-achieved I think they under-achieved. There is noone on this board or anywhere else in the world that can convince me that PSU got "blown out" in the Rose Bowl. Yes they got beat, and no it wasn't a fingernail chewing last second game deciding feild goal. However, this game was closer than most are giving it credit for.
1) Penn State only lost one quarter. The second. USC outscored PSU 24-0. The first quarter scoring was 7-7. The third quarter was 10-7 PSU and the fourth quarter was 7-0 PSU. Asside from about an 12 minute stretch of this game, PSU would have won. Now I realize the game is 60 minutes and you can't say that we would have won if not for those 12 minutes, I think the score by quarters shows this wasn't a blowout. Just because a couple announcers and some fans would love to anoint the Trojans the next coming of a legend does not make them superior. They won the game, but it was ridiculous for Brent Mussberger to proclaming the game " OVER" when there was several minutes before halftime. That was a slap in the face for all that is good about college football. Has there never been a game when someone came from behind a 24 point deficate? I mean we are talking about 2 premier football programs, not a division 2 school against a jugernaut. If this would have been Prarie View A&M against USC maybe that would have been warranted, but not against Penn State and Joe Paterno. Brent Mussberger you are a Douche! And for as much as I think Kirk Herbstreit has reformed, he isn't much better for calling the game before halftime.
2) USC fans are obnxoious for saying that they called off the dogs in the second half. NO THEY DIDN"T! I will give you that they may not have been running 45 yards pass patterns but don't let anyone kid you that slimy Pete Carrol was doing it out of respect for Joe Paterno. He was merely trying to protect a lead against a good football team who was more than capable of beating them giving some stupid turnovers. He also was not going to let Dirty Sanchez take a beating for no reason. If he was going to call off the dogs he would have substituted some players and let them play thier game, not vanillaed the offense down. His motivation had nothing to do with respect. He is a classless weisel as is the entire team for thier actions during the game on the sideline and the field. If I was a booster for that program I would be calling for the entire coaching staff to be fired for allowing such disrespect during a game. Postgame celebrating is one thing. Lockerroom talk is one thing. Even a touchdown dance is one thing. But when the entire team does an orchestrated team line dance and is celebrating like they just won olympic gold or something during the second quarter it is inexcusable. Pete Carrol should have sent all of those goons to the lockerroom as soon as he saw that. Anything less is unsportsmanlike. Does anyone think that would have happened on the PSU sideline?
Regardless, at least Utah won so USC should see no share of any title. Let those two teams play 10 times and I think PSU wins 3 maybe 4.