In what was the highest-scoring Rose Bowl in history, the USC Trojans came back from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit to take down the Penn State Nittany Lions, 52-49. Matt Boermeester avenged two missed field goals, hitting a game-winning 46-yard field goal as time expired for the win. The two teams combined for 98 points and 1,040 total yards in the 103rd "Granddaddy of Them All." Sam Darnold threw for 453 yards and five touchdowns for the Trojans, who won their ninth straight, and their first Rose Bowl since 2009. USC ends the year at 10-3, after a 1-3 start, despite trailing 49-35 with nine minutes left on Monday. The Big Ten Champion, Nittany Lions, had their nine-game winning streak come to an end, as they finish at 11-3.
Wisconsin Ends Western Michigan's Perfect Season
The Western Michigan Broncos got exactly what they wanted, and that's a Cotton Bowl appearance, but they could not execute on that opportunity. Troy Fumagalli's fourth-quarter touchdown reception was enough, as Wisconsin handed Western Michigan their first loss, 24-16 on Monday. Fumagalli had six catches for 83 yards, while Corey Clement ran for 71 yards and a score in the victory. The Badgers finish with 11 wins for the fourth time in seven seasons, as they held the lead the entire game after jumping out to a 14-0 lead. Both teams end the year at 13-1, as Wisconsin recorded their third consecutive bowl victory.
Oklahoma Cruises Past Auburn in Sugar Bowl
The Oklahoma Sooners took full advantage of the Auburn Tigers losing starting quarterback Sean White to a forearm injury, as they dominated the entire way for a 35-19 win in the Sugar Bowl Monday night. Baker Mayfield threw for 296 yards and two touchdowns, while Joe Mixon had two scoring runs in the win. Mixon received a sea of boos throughout the game following a publicized video of him punching a woman in 2014 was released. Despite that, the Sooners won their 10th straight game, as Samaje Perine set the Sooners' rushing record after piling up 86 yards on the ground. The Big-12 Champions finish the season at 11-2, recording their second Sugar Bowl win in four years. Auburn's up-and-down season comes to an end with a record of 8-5.