Rose Bowl Game

USC hits field goal at gun, beats Penn State 52-49 in epic Rose Bowl

USC hits field goal at gun, beats Penn State 52-49 in epic Rose Bowl

After 98 combined points and 1,040 yards of spectacular offensive play, the highest-scoring Rose Bowl in history rested on the left foot of a Southern California kicker who had already missed two field goals.

Matt Boermeester somehow blocked out the cacophonous tension in the chilly air. He focused only on securing a perfect ending to an epic evening.

"Game was on the line, but you've got to keep true to your technique and trust it," Boermeester said.

His technique was sound. His kick was true. And the Trojans got their storybook finish in Pasadena.

Boermeester hit a 46-yard field goal as time expired, and No. 9 USC rallied from a 14-point deficit in...

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