Yeah, OK, we lost. But I'm not going to complain about any of the players, or the playcalling, or the interception. I don't care about that - what happened, happened. It's a game.
What I am going to complain about is the announcing. Down 14, with 3 minutes to go, with the ball, Brent Musberger makes a comment that "they're trying to make it a one score game," and half chuckles at it. Kirk Herbstreit says something like "they're playing for pride."
No, idiot. Down 2 scores, with the ball, with 3 minutes to go, you're still playing to win. If they hit a quick TD, it's a one score game and USC's unable to kneel out the clock, so you still might not even have to kick an onside kick. Yeah, it's Hail Mary desperation time, but who knows - maybe USC's long snapper fires it over the punter's head just like he did again.
Later, Herbstreit says something like "USC's gameplan changed..." and he's right. It did. They went from trying to continue to score to trying to run out the clock. That's how you win football games - you throw to gain a lead early, and run to finish the game late. And USC couldn't do that against Penn State. That's dangerous. You can lose games like that - even ones where you're up big. USC didn't "dominate" the game. If they "dominated" the game, they would've been able to gain a single first down on the last few drives so that they could kneel out the clock.
USC knew that they were letting Penn State have life. Sanchez was pissed on the sidelines, trying to get the defense to focus and the skill players to stay in bounds. But instead of the announcers noticing any of this, we got to listen to the announcers blather on about nothing.