USC won an absolute thriller in the Rose Bowl Monday night, defeating Penn State 52-49 after hitting a game winning field goal as time expired. The game was also a joy to follow on twitter as it produced a plethora of takes. While it was impossible to keep track of all of them, a few are listed below, with some commentary to go along.
1st Quarter- USC jumps out to an early lead
The Nittany Lions started off sluggish as QB Trace McSorley threw two quick interceptions allowing USC to jump out to a 13-0 lead. During that time, twitter pounced on Penn State and the Big 10.
Here’s a “pessimistic feeling” take…
@YahooForde Give it just a little more time, Pat…this feels like ugly is lurking….
— Josh Elliott (@JoshElliott32) January 2, 2017
the playoff controversy debunked tweet…
Where's those Penn State fans that were complaining about Ohio State and Washington being in the playoffs?
the trolling meme…
"Penn State should have been a playoff team" pic.twitter.com/y4gt314EwI
— Big Redd™ (@RealBigRedd) January 2, 2017
the conference clowning gif…
Michigan, Ohio State, and now Penn State… tell me more about this Big 10 conference… pic.twitter.com/I9Ynzpo4Zt
— David Kitchen (@Socrdave) January 2, 2017
the blunt proclamation…
The Big 10 sucks
— John Middlekauff (@JohnMiddlekauff) January 2, 2017
The Big 10-hating post by SEC guy…
The Big 10 is about to fall flat on its face when USC embarrasses Penn State. From best Power 5 conference, to worst. #RoseBowl
— Fly War Eagle (@FlyWarEagle) January 2, 2017
a bitter UCLA guy tweet…
I have this sinking feeling I'm going to have to watch USC rout Penn State
— Fred J. Robledo (@SGVNSports) January 2, 2017
some more Big 10 jokes…
Big 10! https://t.co/doA66Wo1Lr
— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) January 2, 2017
Wow the Big 10 is so elite
— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) January 2, 2017
The Big 10 everybody.
— Tim Ring (@timringTV) January 2, 2017
the ridiculing of the struggling QB…
McSorley Sanchez lol..
— BlackSportsOnline (@BSO) January 2, 2017
— Dave Ross (@dross120) January 2, 2017
— Dave Ross (@dross120) January 2, 2017
Penn State has had a month to prepare for this? Holy cow. This is a disaster.
— Jordan Strack (@JordanStrack) January 2, 2017
and this is in the “snarky SPOILER, BREAKING, OFFICIAL” category…
SPOILER: USC is going to wreck Penn State.
— Kyle Tucker (@KyleTucker_AJC) January 2, 2017
3rd Quarter- Penn State Explodes
Penn State found a rhythm in the 2nd quarter and only trailed 27-21 at halftime. In the 3rd quarter the Nittany Lions exploded for 21 straight points and jumped to a 42-27 lead. During that time, things looked grim for USC. Twitter wasn’t kind…
You’ve got your meltdown gif…
— pat muldowney (@patmuldowney) January 3, 2017
facetious results-based playoff opinions…
Of course, it'd be lights out for everyone in Tampa if USC was there. You know, since they're a different team now.
— Chase Goodbread (@ChaseGoodbread) January 3, 2017
a prediction validation…
the “verdict is in” dude…
We know now that USC didn't belong in the Final Four.
— Fred J. Robledo (@SGVNSports) January 3, 2017
a rhetorical question troll tweet…
the funny meme post signifying surrender…
— PetrosAndMoneyShow (@PetrosAndMoney) January 3, 2017
some “salt in wound” speculation…
— Brian Martin (@TheBMartin) January 3, 2017
ahh, the Lance Stephenson/Jameis meme that never gets old…
— Safid Deen (@Safid_Deen) January 3, 2017
a sarcastic revisionist history quote based on assumed result…
"USC is playing as well as anyone, and Ohio State is the best team in the Big Ten."
-Consensus of college football experts 48 hours ago
— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) January 3, 2017
and loss assumed, point made…
Just a friendly reminder that 3-loss USC is not even close to on par with Clemson. Now back to your #hottakes.
— Dave Biddle (@davebiddle) January 3, 2017
4th Quarter- USC comeback ties it up
After the disastrous 3rd quarter, USC mounted a furious comeback and scored a touchdown to tie the game up at 49 with 1:20 left. For some, overtime was inevitable…
— Steve Gorman SPORTS! (@SGSFOX) January 3, 2017
We are headed to OT in Pasadena!
— Tim Brando (@TimBrando) January 3, 2017
Not so fast. A USC interception and return with 27 seconds left set up the eventual 46 yard game winning field goal by USC kicker Matt Boermeester; a clutch kick in the face of some who thought he’d miss…
He's going to miss it. OT coming.
— Jeff Reinhart LNP (@JeffReinhart77) January 3, 2017
The USC kicker already looks like he missed it
— Jon Marks (@JonMarksMedia) January 3, 2017
Now, who should’ve been in the playoff again?
Committee blew it w/Penn State and Ohio St thing.
— George Wrighster (@georgewrighster) January 3, 2017
— Dan Lucas (@WFLADan) January 3, 2017
For all the Penn State supporters that flooded my timeline claiming Ohio State loss was proof they deserved a playoff spot… apologize
— Ray Necci (@raymanjr) January 3, 2017
— Jennie Rees (@TracksideJennie) January 3, 2017
After giving up 52 points, Penn State should of been in the playoff to go against Clemson or Alabama.
— Quincy Hodges (@QuincyHodges) January 3, 2017
And yes. I still believe Penn State deserved the playoff spot over Ohio State. They deserved it.
— Danny Kanell (@dannykanell) January 3, 2017
Well that settles it. Case closed.