Penn State jumps out to big lead, hangs on to beat Washington

Penn State jumps out to big lead, hangs on to beat Washington

Penn State jumps out to big lead, hangs on to beat Washington

Turnovers are what kept the door open for Washington, as McSorley was picked off twice and Penn State committed a total of three turnovers on the day.

Matched up with No. 9 Penn State in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, No. 11 Washington represented the Pac-12's last opportunity to salvage something from what had been a disastrous bowl season.

He finished the game 32-41 passing for 322 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

"I think every team that makes some of these bigger bowl games that aren't in the playoffs wish they were in the playoff", Washington quarterback Jake Browning said. The game is commemorated across Penn State's football offices, though Franklin said that memorabilia won't motivate the Lions this week. "We respect our history and we embrace the traditions, but we're really focused on what we can do to play the best we possibly can against a great Washington opponent".

A 52-yard trick play set up the Huskies for a touchdown on the first play of the second quarter.

Penn State took a 28-14 lead into halftime thanks to an explosive 92-yard touchdown run by All-American running back Saquon Barkley. The Nittany Lions can get away with that against a lot of Big Ten teams with weak passing games, but failing to get to the QB is what led to both losses this season (against Ohio State and Michigan State).


Penn State helped bring the Fiesta Bowl into national prominence almost 31 years ago. Saquon Barkley is projected to be a star in the National Football League, and will likely be one of the first players to hear his name at the draft next year.

Penn State ends the season 11-2 while Washington finishes the season 10-3.

Penn State's defense, for a time, was one of the nation's best.

Penn State enters the Fiesta Bowl with a with an unblemished 6-0 mark all-time. Only Utah - who beat West Virginia - won a bowl game. But, as Coach Petersen was quick to point out during his Fiesta Bowl media availability when asked if he told his Washington players about his Fiesta Bowl success as the coach of Boise State: "They don't care about that". This should be the type of bowl game where you want to have your DVR and popcorn ready! So the fact that [the ban] got lifted ... being able to play four straight bowls is not something that I imagined not being able to do.

This year the Pac-12 saw Oregon, UCLA, Arizona, Stanford, Washington State, Arizona State, USC and Washington all lose and the Utes be the only team to pick up a win.

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