Penn State news by
Penn State's student blog



CBS Sports Ranks Rose Bowl The Best Game Of Bowl Season

The 103rd Rose Bowl Game was a classic thriller between two of the hottest teams in the country that might’ve been the best Rose Bowl ever played. The game lived up to its massive billing, which prompted to rank the game the best of bowl season.

This contest had it all: touchdowns, electrifying plays, traditional powerhouse programs, and plenty of drama. The Nittany Lions fell despite arguably the best second and third quarters in recent memory — the Lions scored 49 points in that span — but drew in a record number of viewers with its array of offensive fireworks.

Here’s what Cbssports’ Tom Fornelli had to say about the spectacle in Pasadena:

If you watched this game, you knew it was going to be here. I mean, how else to describe this game other than saying that Penn State scored touchdowns on its first three plays of the second half, and it lost. The Trojans and Nittany Lions traded punches for four quarters, throwing big play after big play. It was easily the second best Rose Bowl of my lifetime, trailing only Vince Young and Texas’ win over USC for the national title in the 2006 game.

The best part of the entire ranking is Fornelli’s placement of Ohio State’s semifinal stinker against Clemson that saw the Buckeyes fail to record a single point in the 31-0 drubbing. The Fiesta Bowl ranked No. 39 out of 40 — right in front of the ever so prestigious Miami Beach Bowl that featured a Tulsa ass-kicking of Central Michigan and this weird, over-the-top mechanism that goes off every time a Marlins player hits a home run, or in this game’s case, every time someone scored a touchdown. The final score was 55-10 in favor of Tulsa, so it’s safe to say the Golden Hurricane nearly broke the thing.

Check out Fornelli’s rankings here.

Your ad blocker is on.

Please choose an option below.

Sign up for our e-mail newsletter:
Support quality journalism:
Purchase a Subscription!

About the Author

David Abruzzese

David is a senior from Rochester, NY, nestled right in beautiful Western New York. He is majoring in Broadcast Journalism, and as an avid sports fan, he passionately supports the Buffalo Bills and Buffalo Sabres. He is the first Penn Stater from his family, and couldn’t be prouder to represent Penn State University. In his free time, he likes to alpine ski, and play golf. You can follow him on Twitter @abruz11, and can contact him via email at [email protected]

‘The Comm Entrepreneur’: Penn State Alumna Discusses Business, Grit, & The Relentless Pursuit Of Passion

A voice above the crowd, Stephanie Shirley shares her perspective as a lifelong entrepreneur.

Dunkin’ To Open South Garner Street Location

An employee confirmed that the Dunkin’ at 200 W. College Ave. will continue normal operations alongside the new South Garner Street location.

Thirteen Nittany Lions To Compete At NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships

The 13 student-athletes traveling to this season’s championships mark the largest showing of Nittany Lions since 2017.

Follow on Another Platform
Other posts by David

So Long, And Goodnight: David Abruzzese’s Senior Column

It’s been a hell of a ride, folks. Senior staffer David Abruzzese rides off into the sunset with his senior column.

Saquon Barkley Mum On NFL Future; Relishes Fiesta Bowl Opportunity

DOTD: Nittany Lion Catches Pass At Fiesta Bowl