Penn State holds off Washington to win Fiesta Bowl

Penn State holds off Washington to win Fiesta Bowl

With the win Penn State (11-2) wrapped up its second consecutive 11-win season, the first time the program has accomplished this since the 2008 and 2009 seasons.

After a touchdown pass to put Penn State up 7-0 in the first quarter, quarterback Trace McSorley gave Franklin a nudge to the midsection.

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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. Washington quarterback Jake Browning, making his final start as the Huskies' QB, was 18-28 for 175 yards and a touchdown.

Washington got within seven points in the fourth quarter when the Huskies' own great running back Myles Gaskin broke off a 69-yard touchdown run. 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. However, when Pettis sprinted toward the sideline and looked to extend the play with a lateral after he crossed the 50, he tossed the ball right into the arms of Penn State's Brandon Smith, sealing a 1-8 bowl season for the Pac-12. Before the play, the Huskies (10-3) hadn't allowed a run over 35 yards all season. The Nittany Lions were up 28-14 on Washington. Washington couldn't score on its final drive. McSorley completed 32-of-41 passes - including a ideal 12-of-12 on third down - for 342 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions while rushing 12 times for 60 yards, and Barkley rushed 18 times for 137 yards and two scores while catching seven passes for 38 yards. And Hamilton, PSU's fifth-year wideout, caught five passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns.

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Penn State destroyed Washington on third downs throughout the entire game. The Huskies carried that momentum into the second half, going 80 yards on 14 plays to pull within seven points as Browning hit Aaron Fuller with a 28-yard scoring pass.

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