Penn State scores touchdowns on four consecutive offensive plays in Rose Bowl

Penn State spent the entire first half of Monday’s Rose Bowl trying to dig out of a hole against USC. By early in the third quarter, they finally got out — and then some — thanks to an amazing run of offensive efficiency.

It began late in the second quarter, when the Nittany Lions capped a 13-play, 75-yard drive with an 11-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Trace McSorley to Mike Gesicki. That cut USC’s lead to 27-21.

The Trojans then failed to score as the first half ended, then were held three-and-out on their first drive of the second half. On came Penn State’s offense less than two minutes into the third quarter, and it was Saquon Barkley, the Nittany Lions’ sophomore running back, who took a handoff and rumbled 79 yards for a fantastic touchdown run, providing…