Penn State wins Fiesta Bowl

Dec 31 2016 Glendale AZ USA The Fiesta Bowl mascot Spirit stands the sideline during the third quarter in the 2016 CFP semifinal between the Ohio State and the Clemson at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sport

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Middle linebacker Jason Cabinda led Penn State with 84 tackles, while the secondary was paced by senior Marcus Allen.

Washington had the nation's top run defense during the regular season, allowing 92 yards per game, but Barkley matched that on one run in the second quarter.

Washington's defense continued to have trouble slowing the Nittany Lions and McSorley threw another TD pass to Hamilton, a 24-yarder to put Penn State up 35-21.

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

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11 CFP, allowed Penn State to work the clock to under a minute on the next drive and gave up a season-high 545 total yards. Both Huskies' scores came via a major Penn State mistake, as they scored first on a Browning one-yard touchdown run set up in part by a roughing the passer penalty earlier in the drive, and then later after McSorley's backward pass failed to reach Sanders, which led to a turnover and short field for head coach Chris Petersen's team. Unfortunately for the Huskies and the Pac-12, the Nittany Lions proved to be too much to handle, as James Franklin's team scored the game's first 14 points and held on for the 35-28 victory. Vea was also the first Husky to earn Pac-12 Player of the Year on defense since 1996.

Penn State enters the Fiesta Bowl with a with an unblemished 6-0 mark all-time. And two of the best running backs in the nation are in view in Penn State's Saquon Barkley in the Fiesta and and Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor in the Orange. Saquon Barkley is projected to be a star in the National Football League, and will likely be one of the first players to hear his name at the draft next year. This is a premier match-up of a great running back against a great run defense.

If this game is as close as most expect, special teams could be a huge factor in who wins. But, as Coach Petersen was quick to point out during his Fiesta Bowl media availability when asked if he told his Washington players about his Fiesta Bowl success as the coach of Boise State: "They don't care about that". Every other Pac-12 team has ended the season on a loss.

Petersen said he spent several years after the Fiesta Bowl acting "like it didn't happen" when asked about the game. This should be the type of bowl game where you want to have your DVR and popcorn ready! This game is going to be electric with big plays left and right!

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