Penn State, Barkley bowl over Washington in Fiesta

31 December, 2017, 04:04 | Author: Cary Erickson
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Penn State's Saquon Barkley ran for a Nittany Lions' bowl record 92-yard touchdown run as the Nittany Lions held off Washington for a 35-28 victory in the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday. That touchdown jaunt drew Washington to within 35-28, but Penn State would milk most of the rest clock before a missed field goal turned it back over.

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

THE PUBLIC LIKES: As of Saturday morning, 77% of the betting tickets for this game are on the Nittany Lions and 83% of the money is also on Penn State to cover the spread. 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. 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.

DaeSean Hamilton caught five passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns for the Nittany Lions, who finished the season with an 11-2 record.

Penn State's 545 yards were most Washington gave up this season, and the Huskies had not given up more than 30 points in a span of 26 games, since the 2015 Heart of Dallas Bowl.

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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. He's topped 1,000 yards in each of his first three seasons in Seattle.

Washington used a trick play for its first down when wide receiver Andre Baccellia took a lateral from Browning and completed a 52-pass to tight end Will Dissly to put the ball on the Penn State 12. Myles Gaskin is an absolute stud and Jake Browning has loads of experience after starting as a freshman two years ago. 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.

Gaskin took a direct snap and scored on a 13-yard run to make it 28-14 with 4:15 left in the half after the Huskies recovered a fumble at the Penn State 33.

For all the hand-wringing over top prospects skipping their bowl games, neither player's status for his season finale was ever in much doubt.


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