Penn State jumps out to big lead, hangs on to beat Washington

Jonathan Hernandez
December 31, 2017

Most believe this is his last college game.

Junior tailback and unanimous All-American Saquon Barkley, as he so often does, offered the highlight of the half, as his 92-yard touchdown run down the left sideline gave PSU its largest lead of the half at 21.

It truly is unbelievable how Barkley could break a play wide open, no matter where Penn State is on the field, when he sees the slightest bit of a crease.

Barkley has not officially declared for the NFL Draft as of yet, but the consensus is that he will shortly after the Fiesta Bowl matchup against Washington on Saturday.

McSorley is 18 of 24 for 219 yards, one touchdown, and one interception, while Barkley has carried nine times for 126 yards and two scores.

Washington tried a hook and lateral play on a fourth down and wide receiver Dante Pettis inexplicably threw the ball to a Penn State player instead of running out of bounds with five seconds left. Look at McSorley's stat line on third downs. He finished with five catches for 122 yards and two scores.

Washington scored the final touchdown of the first half, but that only pulled the Huskies to within 28-14.

SEC Network news editor Brandon Zimmerman pointed out on Twitter just how bad the bowl season has been for the Pac-12. Only Utah - who beat West Virginia - won a bowl game. Big Ten teams (Purdue, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State) went 4-0 over Pac-12 teams (Arizona, Washington State, USC and Washington).

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