Penn State holds off Washington to win Fiesta Bowl

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

It's hard to imagine how different this game would've been if Washington's defense had been able to get off the field on third down.

In this years Fiesta Bowl the Washington Huskies are battling the Nittany Lions of Penn St.

No. 9 in the final College Football Rankings, had its way with Washington's vaunted defense early, building a 28-7 lead by the second quarter. 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 incredible 92-yard scoring run you see below. It features so many good players on both sides of the ball for both teams. The Huskies appeared to pick up a first down on a fourth and 10 with time running out by using a hook-and-ladder that saw wide receiver Aaron Fuller make a catch and then pitch it to Dante Pettis.

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Franklin believes some of the biggest matchups in this game could see his team's strengths against the best of what Washington can do.

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. If they can control Barkley in the return game and Pettis can break some big returns the Huskies might just have a shot. To us, special teams is as important as offense or defense. "So I think that's where the recent success that we've been having is really putting Penn State back on the minds of football fans across the country and recruits across the country". That's all in the past now, Penn State is led by Saquan Barkley, he is their heart beat, their explosiveness, their big threat. "It is important every game, every day, to us".

For head coach James Franklin in particular, it's a chance to send the seniors off with a win - the fifth-year seniors who had no guarantee of any bowl games because of NCAA sanctions at the time they came to Penn State, the fourth-year seniors who put their faith in a new head coach and stayed committed to the program. "We're going to have to change our mindset a little bit to have to grind out some tough running yardage". But there was one thing that was bothering him.

The victor today, obviously, will have done that.

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