USC Trojans quarterback Sam Darnold got his team on the board first with a bullet pass to Deontay Burnett in the Rose Bowl.
Outside of a missed field goal, the USC Trojans probably couldn’t have asked for a better start against the Penn State Nittany Lions in the Rose Bowl. They picked off Penn State quarterback Trace McSorley on the first play of the game and then picked him off again on the ensuing drive. Then Sam Darnold went to work.
After Adoree’ Jackson picked of McSorley for the second interception of the day by USC, Darnold started carving up the Penn State defense down the field. As they got into the red zone, he fired a beautiful pass to Deontay Burnett to get the Trojans on the board for the first time on the day.
Ever since Darnold has taken over at the quarterback spot for the Trojans, these are the types of throws he has been making. He doesn’t let the moment get too big for him and shows tremendous maturity and poise in the pocket.
Penn State tried their best to get pressure on the young quarterback, but he was able to zip the pass in to get the first touchdown of the day. Burnett did a great job of managing to hold onto it for the score as well.
Things aren’t going well for Penn State and they probably would be better off not giving Darnold as many chances as possible. While one quarterback struggled early, the other lit the opposing defense up.