Published: Sun, December 31, 2017
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Penn State Fiesta Bowl rapid reaction: Nittany Lions 35, Washington 28

Penn State Fiesta Bowl rapid reaction: Nittany Lions 35, Washington 28

But unlike in the Cotton Bowl, the Pac-12 team (Washington) gave the Big Ten team (Penn State) all it could handle in the second half.

The 2017 Fiesta Bowl between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Washington Huskies was exciting as everyone thought it would be from the time the matchup was announced earlier this month.

Penn State took a 28-14 lead into halftime thanks to an explosive 92-yard touchdown run by All-American running back Saquon Barkley. Washington (10-3) woke up from an offensive slumber with two touchdowns and pulled to 35-28 on Myles Gaskins' 69-yard run in the fourth quarter.

Penn State had just missed a field goal in the fourth quarter to ice the game, which meant the Huskies were going to get the ball back with some life, and some hope.

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The Pac-12 was outscored by a combined 87 points in the nine games with Washington State's 25-point loss to Michigan State being the most lopsided of the defeats. 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.

He finished the game 32-41 passing for 322 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Vea was the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Nittany Lions are 2.5-point favorites to beat the Huskies, who opened as a 2-point underdog when the bowl lines were first released.

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.

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