College Football Briefs
EXCITEMENT FOR ROSE BOWL OUTWEIGHS ANY PENN ST. FRUSTRATION
Penn State coach James Franklin acknowledged that some frustration permeated the locker room after the No. 5 Nittany Lions were left out of the College Football Playoff on Sunday.
But, overall, he said, they’re still ecstatic with their bowl destination: the Granddaddy of Them All in Pasadena, Calif.
Penn State will take on No. 9 USC in the Rose Bowl. Kickoff is 3 p.m. on Jan. 2. It is the Lions’ first appearance in the game since the 2008 season.
Saturday’s late results.
Rashaad Penny rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns, and Donnel Pumphrey added 110 yards and one touchdown as San Diego State defeated Wyoming 27-24 for its second consecutive Mountain West championship. … Deshaun Watson passed for three touchdowns and ran for two more to lead Clemson to a 42-35 victory over No. 19 Virginia Tech in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.