The 103rd annual Rose Bowl Game started with a bang and never let up, as the Trojans pulled off a come-from-behind 52-49 win in an instant classic.
Iman Marshall and Adoree' Jackson hauled in two early interceptions to help USC build up a lead in its 33rd Rose Bowl appearance in front of over 95,000 fans.
The Trojans led by as many as 13 in the first half thanks to Sam Darnold's 3 TD and Matt Boermeester's 2 FG, and entered the break with a 6-point lead.
Penn State was a strong second-half team all season, though, and came out firing.
The Nittany Lions scored on seven straight possessions in the 2nd and 3rd quarters to take a 42-27 lead, and that's when the Trojans dug in.
Darnold dealt 2 TD, including a game-tying strike to Deontay Burnett, before a Leon McQuay III INT allowed the Trojans to march down the field one last time to set up for a field goal.
With 5 seconds to go in the game, Matt Boermeester drilled the game-winning 46-yard FG to give the Trojans their 25th Rose Bowl trophy — the most of any team in the nation.
Sam Darnold wrote his name in the history books with 473 total yards of offense (453 passing, 20 rushing) and 5 TD passes — both Rose Bowl Game records.
Deontay Burnett hauled in 3 of Darnold's 5 TD strikes in a career game for the sophomore.
Burnett finished with 13 catches and 164 yards, and tied the Rose Bowl Game record for receiving TD.
WR JuJu Smith-Schuster hauled in 133 yards and a TD, while senior Darreus Rogers grabbed a TD as well.
Darnold was named the Offensive MVP of the 103rd annual Rose Bowl Game, while senior Stevie Tu'ikolovatu, who led the team with 8 tackles, earned Defensive MVP honors.
Watch the highlight reel of USC's stunning win!
The Trojans rattled off nine straight wins to finish the season with a 10-3 record and a Rose Bowl trophy for the first time since 2009!