Penn State hangs on to beat Washington 35-28 in Fiesta Bowl

Washington coach Chris Petersen and Penn State coach James Franklin pose with the Fiesta Bowl trophy Friday Dec. 29 2017

Penn State hangs on to beat Washington 35-28 in Fiesta Bowl

Two of the best quarterbacks in the nation will face off in this game and they will do it against two defense that are capable of stopping or at least limiting what they can do. The junior, who is likely heading to the National Football League, wasn't used as a workhorse on Saturday but when he was utilized, he was extremely effective. Barkley had 137 of the Nittany Lions' 203 yards rushing.

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.

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A Penn State field goal to make it a two-score game sailed wide right with 34 seconds left, but Washington's last-gasp drive sputtered just as it was gaining some steam.

Washington had a shot with a desperation play, but Dante Pettis passed up a chance to step out of bounds to set up another play, and threw a final lateral that was intercepted.

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Penn State destroyed Washington on third downs throughout the entire game.

He finished the game 32-41 passing for 322 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. On Saturday, its second-best team - Washington - wasn't faring much better in the Fiesta Bowl. In the end, it was Penn State who came away with the hard-fought win, 35-28. 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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SEC Network news editor Brandon Zimmerman pointed out on Twitter just how bad the bowl season has been for the Pac-12. The conference's only victory is Utah's over West Virginia in something called the Heart of Dallas Bowl, which is at the bottom of the bottom-feeders. Every other Pac-12 team has ended the season on a loss.

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