Less is more: Penn State star tailback Larry Johnson wasn’t a happy camper heading back to “Happy Valley.”

Johnson, who ran for 2,015 yards in the regular season, complained that the offense was “trying to get too cute” instead of giving him the ball in the Nittany Lions’ 13-9 loss to Auburn in the Capital One Bowl. Johnson had just 72 yards on 20 carries.

“You pound it and pound it and pound it, and that’s the outcome,” Johnson said. “If we’d have done that, maybe the score would be reversed.”

The Nittany Lions dropped to 1-4 when Johnson failed to reach 100 yards.

Heisman hype: Southern Cal. quarterback Carson Palmer put to rest any doubts that he wasn’t deserving of the Heisman Trophy – and he added another piece of hardware to his shelf.

Palmer dominated the showdown with Iowa’s Brad Banks, who finished No. 2 in the Heisman voting, by throwing for 303 yards and a touchdown to lead the Trojans to a 38-17 victory over Iowa in the FedEx Orange Bowl.

Banks threw for 204 yards.

Palmer “was the better quarterback tonight,” said Southern Cal. receiver Kareem Kelly. “The Heisman showed up.”

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