UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Representatives from the Tournament of Roses made their way to Happy Valley Monday, bringing along the Leishman Trophy for the upcoming Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual.
Escorted by representatives, the trophy toured its way through campus and the State College community making several stops at a few popular locations along the way.
Monday's Leishman Trophy Tour kicked off bright and early with a stop at a Forever Broadcasting to make some rounds on the radio circuit.
The first official public stop included a trip to Blaise Alexander Hyundai Mazda, where the trophy was greeted by fans for pictures. Next up was a midmorning stop at Penn State's All-Sports Museum before the trophy spent most of the afternoon at the Penn State Bookstore in the HUB-Robeson Center.
Students were gathered throughout the afternoon, snapping photos and posing with the trophy.
In between appearances, the Leishman Trophy made a quick stop at the Bryce Jordan Center, where Intercollegiate Athletics employees all had an opportunity to grab a few photos before the end of the day.
The final stop on the tour included a trip to Lettermans for an evening of free food and Rose Bowl Game giveaways. During the last stop of the day, the Tournament of Roses representatives gave away four sets of Rose Bowl Game tickets and Rose Bowl gear to a few lucky fans.
Penn State student Kimberlyn Turner was the first lucky winner at the Lettermans ticket giveaway.
"This is amazing," Turner said just moments after stepping forward to collect the pair of Rose Bowl Game tickets. "My mom and I kept putting all of our names in all of the Family Clothesline drawings and all those things so she's going to freak out when she sees these. My parents both went to Penn State and that's kind of where my love of Penn State has grown from."
Penn State captured its first Big Ten Championship since 2008 and fourth overall with a thrilling 38-31 win against Wisconsin to close out the regular season at 11-2 and 8-1 in conference play. The Nittany Lions and USC will meet in the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual Monday, January 2 at 5 p.m. ET in Pasadena, California.