Penn State Fiesta Bowl rapid reaction: Nittany Lions 35, Washington 28

31 December, 2017, 04:07 | Author: Elena Meyer
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Will the Washington Huskies pull off a small upset Saturday afternoon when they take on the Penn State Nittany Lions in the Playstation Fiesta Bowl at 4:00 p.m. ET? Barkley was open about his commitment to the Penn State team he was the centerpiece of as the regular season wound down (though the Nittany Lions did limit his touches); Jackson would have bucked a precedent that has compelled most top quarterback prospects (when healthy) to play in their bowl games, no matter how meaningless, as an affirmation of their leadership qualities.

Franklin took a second, stood there, and then ran through his players looking very angry. It would be through the air that Penn State scored the game's first points, as Trace McSorley connected with DaeSean Hamilton on a 48-yard touchdown pass with 11:10 remaining in the first quarter.

Franklin did go on to compliment his players in a postgame interview, so whatever anger he had seemed to pass quickly.

Penn State destroyed Washington on third downs throughout the entire game. They're also 20-7-1 at the betting window in their last 28 games after accumulating less than 170 yards passing in their previous game. But unlike in the Cotton Bowl, the Pac-12 team (Washington) gave the Big Ten team (Penn State) all it could handle in the second half.

With 1:34 remaining in the stanza the Nittany Lions doubled their advantage, as Barkley scored from two yards out to cap an 11-play, 64-yard drive.

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Washington had 331 yards, staying in the game only because the Nittany Lions committed three turnovers.

Washington tried a hook and lateral play on a fourth down and wide receiver Dante Pettis inexplicably threw the ball to a Penn State player instead of running out of bounds with five seconds left. Myles Gaskin is an absolute stud and Jake Browning has loads of experience after starting as a freshman two years ago.

The 92-yard score tied for the longest run in Penn State history and was the longest run in Fiesta Bowl history. Washington's first trip to the Fiesta Bowl marks its eighth bowl destination in the last eight seasons.

Hamilton had one of his best games of the season on Saturday. Utah, the only victor, was invited to the Heart of Dallas Bowl as a replacement because Conference USA did not have enough bowl qualifiers.

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