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[Photo Story] Penn State vs. Utah Rose Bowl

Still smelling roses? So are we.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Penn State thumped Utah 35-21 in The Granddaddy of Them All to capture its first Rose Bowl victory since 1995.

Onward State made the trip to Pasadena to capture the Rose Bowl in all of its glory. Let’s take a look back at some of our favorite moments from gameday.

It was a bright and sunny afternoon in Pasadena when the gates opened. From the bowl patches on the pylons to the scenic San Gabriel mountains in the distance, the venue looked picture-perfect (no pun intended).

Penn State fans decked out in white welcomed the team buses as they pulled in.

In homage to the late Franco Harris, James Franklin and the team entered the stadium donning No. 34 jerseys. Players also had “FH” decals on their helmets.

Warmups began, and we had visits from a few familiar friends.

After a fighter jet flyover, it was game time. The Nittany Lions were locked in.

Nick Singleton got the party started by reaching the end zone from five yards out late in the first quarter.

Wideouts Mitchell Tinsley and Ke’Andre Lambert-Smith also scored in thrilling fashion to highlight what was an effective day through the air for the Nittany Lions.

Nick Singleton Rose Bowl house call? Nick Singleton Rose Bowl house call.

On the other side of the ball, the defense balled out. Kalen King and Ji’Ayir Brown both came up with huge interceptions for Manny Diaz’s defense.

Despite the eventual rain, Penn State fans showed up and showed out.

As Sean Clifford jogged off the field for the last time and passed the torch to Drew Allar, he was met by thundering applause and hugs from his team.

The clock struck zero, and Penn State’s victory was sealed. Blue and white confetti filled the air as James Franklin lifted the trophy.

Once the celebrations ended, Sean Clifford took one final journey onto the field to take it all in.

Good night, Pasadena.

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Alysa Rubin

Alysa is a senior (gasp) majoring in journalism and is Onward State's visual editor. She's one of many "just outside of Philly" folks at Penn State and yes, she's an obnoxious Philly sports fan. Alysa loves her camera, hiking, Cape Cod, and eating her way through Wawa. She's also a proud mom to a cat named Comet. Follow @arubin241 on Twitter to keep up with what she sees through her lens (and for a funny retweet or two), and direct all photo requests to [email protected]

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