Penn State holds off Washington to win Fiesta Bowl

Penn State holds off Washington to win Fiesta Bowl

Some people out west may not feel that the SEC deserves to have two teams in the College Football Playoff, but the Pac-12 has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that it had absolutely no business even sniffing the playoff. According to a tweet from ESPN's Kyle Bonagura, the 1-8 record is the worst bowl season ever by a Power 5 conference.

Then, when Penn State needed a long, game-clinching drive, the McSorley-Barkley tandem came through, eating up 6:13 of clock to all but secure the win, though kicker Tyler Davis missed his lone field-goal attempt. But Penn State responded with two more touchdowns, the first being a Miles Sanders one-yard run and the second a Barkley 92-yard run. He finished with five catches for 122 yards and two scores.

There's no telling whether Franklin was seriously angry or not, but considering quarterback Trace McSorley had punched him in the gut earlier in the game celebrating a touchdown, the Penn State head coach had taken some punishment already.

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Chris Petersen's team finally reached the end zone in the second quarter, with Jake Browning's two-yard touchdown run capping a four-play, 75-yard drive to cut the deficit in half. Before the play, the Huskies (10-3) hadn't allowed a run over 35 yards all season. Unfortunately for the Huskies and the Pac-12, the Nittany Lions proved to be too much to handle, as James Franklin's team scored the game's first 14 points and held on for the 35-28 victory.

Washington was the final Pac-12 team to play in a bowl after the 2017 season. Washington couldn't score on its final drive. McSorley, who threw for 342 yards, tallied his second touchdown pass of the game on a 24-yard pass to Hamilton with 5:59 remaining in the third. Facing a defense that ranked in the top five almost across the board, Penn State gained 545 yards on 6.9 yards per play with 25 first downs and 13 third-down conversions on 17 tries.

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