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Nittany Lions beat Huskies in Fiesta Bowl

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The No. 9 Penn State Nittany Lions had to hold on to defeat the No. 11 Washington Huskies on Saturday afternoon. The Nittany Lions won 35-28 at the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl from the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.

The Nittany Lions ended their season with an 11-2 record. The Huskies fell to 10-3 after a loss in their Bowl game.

Penn State Nittany Lions running back Saquon Barkley rushing the ball against the Washington Huskies (Getty Images)

Penn State Nittany Lions running back Saquon Barkley rushing the ball against the Washington Huskies (Getty Images)

Penn State ended their season on a four-game win streak. They also snapped a two-game Bowl losing streak.

The Huskies had a chance late in the game to tie the score. Dante Pettis caught a pass from Jake Browning and was going down the field, then mistakenly threw a lateral to the center of the field, which was intercepted with five seconds left by Brandon Smith.

Penn State is also now 7-0 in Bowl game all-time. They have the best unbeaten record by any team in a single Bowl game in FBS history, according to ESPN’s Stats and Information.

Nittany Lions quarterback Trace McSorley went 32 of 41 for 342 passing yards. He also had two touchdowns and two interceptions.

Saquon Barkley had 18 carries for 137 rushing yards, including two touchdowns. Barkley also had a 92-yard rushing touchdown in what potentially will be his final college football game.

Barkley’s 92 yard run broke the Fiesta Bowl record with the longest run from scrimmage. The run also tied the longest run in Nittany Lions history.

McSorley also had 12 carries for 60 yards. Miles Sanders also had six carries for 15 yards, including a touchdown.

DaeSean Hamilton had five receptions for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Juwan Johnson had six receptions for 66 yards. Mike Gesicki had six receptions for 62 yards.

Huskies quarterback Jake Browning went 18 of 28 for 175 passing yards. He also had a touchdown.

Myles Gaskin had 14 carries for 98 yards, including two touchdowns. Lavon Coleman had four carries for 11 yards. Andre Baccellia had a carry for nine yards. Browning had six carries for -15 yards, including a touchdown.

Aaron Fuller had six receptions for 61 yards, including a touchdown. Will Dissly had two receptions for 59 yards. Pettis had a 40 yard reception and Salvon Ahmed had three receptions for 25 yards.

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