Impact players and coaches in the Rose Bowl
Mark Sanchez, quarterback
The USC junior put up some big numbers at the quarterback position as he went 213-for-331 for 2,794 yards and 30 touchdowns while throwing 10 interceptions. The All-Pac-10 QB added two more scores on the ground.
Daryll Clark, quarterback
The Penn State senior had a standout season at quarterback as he was 171-for-285 for 2,324 yards and 17 touchdowns while throwing just four interceptions. Clark also added 265 yards on the ground, good for nine touchdowns.
Joe McKnight, running back
Three different Trojans had more than 600 yards rushing, but the sophomore was the most explosive, running the ball for 646 yards on 84 carries for an average of 7.69 yards per carry. He tallied two touchdowns on the ground.
Evan Royster, running back
The dynamic Penn State sophomore rushed 185 times for 1,202 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also tallied 17 receptions for 160 yards.
Damian Williams, wide receiver
The USC junior led a balanced Trojans offensive attack with 48 receptions. He also led the team in receiving yards with 707 and added 8 touchdowns.
Derrick Williams, wide receiver
The Penn State senior was one of Daryll Clark's primary weapons on offense. He hauled in 40 receptions for 451 yards and three touchdowns. He also took two kickoff returns and one punt return the distance for touchdowns.
Rey Maualuga, linebacker
The senior linebacker led a stout USC defense with 73 tackles. He also had two interceptions, leading one back for a touchdown.
Aaron Maybin, defensive end
The Penn State sophomore led the Nittany Lions in sacks with 12, an average of one per game. He also led the team in tackles for loss with 19, and chipped in 45 total tackles.
Taylor Mays, safety
The USC junior wreaked havoc on opposing wide receivers, tallying 52 tackles and led the team in passes broken up with 8.
A.Q. Shipley, center
The senior center anchored an impressive Nittany Lions offensive line that allowed playmakers like running back Evan Royster and quarterback Daryll Clark to do some serious damage.
Pete Carroll, head coach
After going 6-6 in his first season with USC, Carroll hasn't lost more than two games in any season. He has an amazing 87-15 record including two national championships (2003, 04). He has also won the Pac-10 title every year since his second season with the Trojans and is 5-2 in bowl games.
Joe Paterno, head coach
Joe Pa is a legend and his numbers speak for themselves. His career record at Penn State is 383-126-3, he's won two national championships (1982, 86) and has a 23-10-1 record in bowl games.