Check Out This Penn Stater's Trip To The 2017 Rose Bowl
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Check Out This Penn Stater's Trip To The 2017 Rose Bowl

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Check Out This Penn Stater's Trip To The 2017 Rose Bowl

Last Monday I had the privilege of attending the 103rd Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The University of Southern California and Pennsylvania State University went head to head in the granddaddy of all college bowl games. On the morning before the game, people lined the streets of Pasadena to watch the parade featuring over 40 floats. Built months in advance, these floats are brought to California weeks prior to the event and in the last 48 hours leading up to the parade, they are covered with some of the most exotic seeds, flowers, and grasses. Featuring surfing dogs, olympians, and some of the world’s best bands, the parade has been bringing joy to the streets of Pasadena and the television screens of Americans. Following the parade came the oldest bowl game in college football: The Rose Bowl. The first game was played in 1902 originally named the Tournament of Roses and then returned in 1916 renamed Rose Bowl, where it has been played annually ever since. The game is held every year on January 1st unless the 1st falls on a Sunday, where it is then moved to New Year's Day observed, January 2nd. Penn State had been featured in the RoseBowl three times previously to this year, winning once and losing twice. USC had played 33 Rose Bowl games, winning 24 previously to 2017. The winner of the Rose Bowl game 2017 was determined in the last minute of the game when a USC player Leon McQuay III made an interception and Matt Boermeester kicked a 46 yard field goal in the last three seconds, changing the score from 49-49 to 52-49 USC. After the game a USC fan turned to me and said "I would have bet $100 that he would not have made that field goal." This game marked history in the Rose Bowl games as it was the highest scoring Rose Bowl ever with a combined total of 101 points. No matter what the outcome, the excitement and power coming from the players and stands made for an outstanding game for everyone.

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