The USC Trojans take the field Rose Bowl 2008
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Breaking Down the Numbers Game, USC 49 Illinois 17
There were so many astonishing numbers in this game, one is forced to consider some sort of playoff system. Pete Carroll teams typically finish off the season in dominating fashion. Maybe Carroll needs to concentrate on starting seasons off in the same way.
633. That's the Trojans total yards in this game. Mind you, John David Booty lost 20 yards with two sacks. 633 yards is a ton of yardage for a Rose Bowl game. Between Pac-10 and Big-10 foes. It's also a Rose Bowl record.
13. A "bad luck" number. Also what the Fighting Illini were ranked in the BCS. Shame on you Rose Bowl Selection committee for not having the courage to go after a higher-ranked opponent for the Trojans. Fred Davis touchdown reception is the 13th in his career.
344 and 289.
344 net yards rushing for the Trojans. 125 yards for a young Joe McKnight. 104 yards for a recovering Stafon Johnson, whom, by his own admission is not 100% healthy. 75 yards for senior Chauncey Washington. But the most important, 30 yards and one touchdown for 6th year senior Hershel Dennis.
255 yards passing for John David Booty, along with three touchdown passes and a 67.6% accuracy rate. For good measure, 1-34/1 for Garrett Green. The seldom used wide receiver had one pass for 34-yards and a touchdown.
49. The most points scored by a Trojan team in its storied Rose Bowl history.
23. Number of Rose Bowl victories USC has racked up. Also Chauncey Washington's Jersey number. Washington had 75 yards rushing, one touchdown and a pass reception for another touchdown.
3. Dennis scored his first touchdown in three years (last touchdown was in 2004).
6. BCS Bowl games in 6-years for the Trojans. 6th Pac-10 Championships in-a-row. USC is ranked 6th in the last AP poll. Each team punted the ball six times. USC has an unprecedented 11 wins for the sixty straight year.
7. USC scored seven touchdowns and seven PAT's. This is Pete Carroll's seventh year as head football coach for the Trojans. Booty has a Rose Bowl career record 7 touchdowns. USC was ranked 7th in the last BCS ranking.
1078. The combined total yards by both teams was 1078.
Desmond Reed backflips into the endzone for a touchdown, and a penalty
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