Penn State wins Fiesta Bowl

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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.

Lewisburg graduate Brandon Smith recovered a Washington lateral on the Huskies' last-gasp attempt to tie the game, sealing a 35-28 victory for Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl. 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. After the Nittany Lions were backed up deep in their own territory following a pooch punt by the Huskies, Barkley torched the vaunted Washington defense on this fantastic 92-yard scoring run you see below. Tyler Davis and the PSU unit have had all kinds of problems this season, and he's just 9-of-16, while Washington's Tristan Vizcaino has been only slightly better at 12-of-19. Also, each team is a near mirror-image in terms of offensive skill players and shut-down defense.

Penn State played the first half without ends Shaka Toney and Shareef Miller, as both were suspended according to an ESPN report.

A 52-yard trick play set up the Huskies for a touchdown on the first play of the second quarter. The Huskies fell to Alabama in the playoff, and Penn State fell to USC in a wild Rose Bowl.

Penn State took a 28-14 lead into halftime thanks to an explosive 92-yard touchdown run by All-American running back Saquon Barkley. That's all in the past now, Penn State is led by Saquan Barkley, he is their heart beat, their explosiveness, their big threat.

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Barkley is a junior, but could decide to leave for the NFL. Vita Vea a monster defensive tackle, and one of the reasons the Huskies enter the Fiesta Bowl with the best run defense in the nation.

As the leader of the Boise State program, Petersen guided the Broncos to wins over Oklahoma and TCU in the 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.

Petersen said he spent several years after the Fiesta Bowl acting "like it didn't happen" when asked about the game.

"It's always of paramount importance in every game we play", Washington head coach Chris Petersen said of the Huskies' special teams success.

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