USC's Sam Darnold, Deontay Burnett headline Pac-12 All-Bowl team

Darnold joins list of great Rose Bowl QB performances (1:02)

USC freshman quarterback Sam Darnold's masterful showing in the Rose Bowl puts him in the company of Vince Young, Mark Sanchez and Terrelle Pryor. (1:02)

With just six Pac-12 teams making bowls this season, pickings were slim, but here is a look at some of the conference's top performers in the postseason.


QB Sam Darnold, USC: In a performance for the ages, Darnold set the Rose Bowl record with 473 total yards, breaking the record Vince Young set against the Trojans in 2006. He completed 33 of 53 passes for 453 yards and five touchdowns -- including a game-tying strike with 27 seconds to play.

RB Phillip Lindsay, Colorado: The Buffs managed just one fourth-quarter touchdown, but Lindsay was solid. He ran for 63 yards on 14 carries and had six catches for 103 yards.

RB: Joe Williams, Utah: In the Utes’ 26-24 win against Indiana in the Foster Farms Bowl, Williams ran for 222 yards on 26 carries with a touchdown.

WR Deontay Burnett, USC: The sophomore’s breakout performance came when it mattered the most. He had 13 catches for 164 yards with three touchdowns, including the one to tie the game late in regulation.

WR JuJu Smith-Schuster, USC: He had seven catches for 133 yards and a touchdown, but came up with two other catches that were more important. Both came on the touchdown drive that pulled USC to within 49-42. First, he caught a tipped ball to extend the drive on an early third down. Then he grabbed a 27-yard pass to the sideline that was initially called incomplete.

WR Robert Lewis, Washington State: It was a dismal night in San Diego for the Cougars, but Lewis showed up with six catches for 86 yards.

OL Garett Bolles, Utah: Bolles was a bruising force in what turned out to be his final game for the Utes. He made the decision to turn pro last week.

OL Chad Wheeler, USC: Wheeler has been USC’s best offensive lineman all year and was solid again in the Rose Bowl.

OL Isaac Asiata, Utah: The Morris Trophy winner helped Williams to his big day on the ground.

OL Johnny Caspers, Stanford: Caspers was a big reason Bryce Love was able to run for 115 yards on 22 carries as the Cardinal moved on without Christian McCaffrey.

OL Damien Mama, USC: Mama elected to go pro after the Trojans won the Rose Bowl.


DL Solomon Thomas, Stanford: After watching Thomas terrorize North Carolina, it was no surprise he decided to turn pro. He’s ready. He finished the game with seven tackles, two for loss, and a sack.

DL Harrison Phillips, Stanford: Phillips led the Cardinal with nine tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss.

DL Stevie Tu’ikolovatu, USC: The transfer from Utah was honored as the Rose Bowl’s Defensive Most Valuable Player after finishing with eight tackles. When he wasn’t in the game, it was easy to notice.

DL Pita Taumoepenu, Utah: He registered two sacks, a forced fumble and six tackles.

LB Rick Gamboa, Colorado: Gamboa led the Buffaloes with 11 tackles in what was a long night for the defense.

LB Kavika Luafatasaga, Utah: Led the Utes with 12 tackles (10 solo) and had two tackles for loss.

LB Keishawn Bierria, Washington: Bierria will be one of the best linebackers in the Pac-12 next year.

DB Leon McQuay III, USC: McQuay was second on the team with seven tackles, but his performance will be remembered for his interception that set up the Trojans for a game-winning field goal in the final minute.

DB Dallas Lloyd, Stanford: He arrived at Stanford as a quarterback, but in his final game Lloyd picked off two passes and returned one 19 yards for a touchdown.

DB Kevin King, Washington: A strong case could be made for Washington’s entire secondary, but King was excellent in coverage and led the team with nine tackles.

DB Budda Baker, Washington: He had six tackles, a sack and a pass breakup.


Kicker Matt Boermeester, USC: His 46-yard field goal as time expired gave USC its record 25th Rose Bowl title.

Punter Jake Bailey, Stanford: He punted five times (49.6 avg), and three of them were for 50-plus yards and three were downed inside the 20-yard line.