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Penn State's Rose Bowl started with a botched kick return and 2 INTs on 2 passes

Not the best foot to get off on.

Penn State’s Rose Bowl could’ve gotten off to a smoother start.

The first play of the game was a USC kickoff, and Penn State returner Miles Sanders misjudged it, allowing the ball to bounce away from him. Sanders fell on the ball at his own 3-yard line, setting up his offense with terrible field position.

On Penn State’s first play from scrimmage, quarterback Trace McSorley threw a punt-like interception to Trojans cornerback Iman Marshall, who ran it back to Penn State’s 35-yard line. Pretty inauspicious stuff, Nittany Lions.

There was good news coming, though. Penn State’s defense forced a three-and-out, and USC kicker Matt Boermeester missed a 51-yard field goal.

But then there was more bad news. McSorley’s second pass was also intercepted, with USC star Adoree’ Jackson collecting a tipped ball and bringing it back to about midfield. That made two completions to USC and zero to Penn State.

USC cashed in on the second interception and went up 7-0.

A potential explanation for the INT woes: