On the scene

The scoop from Bob Asmussen and Marcus Jackson

Postcard from Pasadena

I'm looking out at the Rose Bowl field right now. It's 10:45 back home and most of you are probably already in bed.

My fun in the sun is about to end. It ended at about 2:10 local time for Illinois. Sure, there was a comeback feeling early in the second half, but a fumble ended the momentum and Illinois' chances.

Despite the outcome, Illini fans found trip worthwhile

PASADENA, Calif. – The outcome was far from what they had hoped for, but the Illinois fans that traveled so far to see their favorite team play on one of college football's biggest stages say they have no regrets about making the trek west.

"Absolutely not," said Diane Rice of Bloomington. "Coming out here and doing this was so much fun."

In the spotlight

Bob Asmussen caught up with four key Illini from Tuesday's game. A look:

Trojan dominance

Tuesday's win was the latest for USC against a Big Ten opponent in the Rose Bowl. A look at the five-game winning streak:

Tate: Illini learn a painful lesson

PASADENA, Calif. – Every turnaround isn't straight up. It can be two steps forward and an awkward step back.

For Illinois, Tuesday's bump in the road was a reminder that full football acceptance is still a ways off, that wading in the shallow Big Ten isn't the same as the deep end of the BCS pool.

Upon further review

Staff writer Marcus Jackson's take on Tuesday's game:

A Rose Bowl review

Tony Bleill's quarter-by-quarter review of the Rose Bowl:

Movement is exercise for mind, body says ballroom owner

After four weeks of rehearsals and two months on "Dancing with the Stars," actress Jennie Garth found herself in great shape.

Leading up to the show, the Urbana native told Us Magazine that her workout regimen consisted of three days of Pilates.

Postcard from Pasadena

When it comes to eating, I'm a plainatarian. Burgers without ketchup or pickles. Cheese pizza. Dry cereal.

But not Sunday in Los Angeles. My eating inhibitions were pushed aside for a couple of hours by Illinois alums Mark and Bonnie Goldenberg, their son Mitch and daughter Sam.