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

31 December, 2017, 03:29 | Author: Diane Mills
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The junior, who is likely heading to the National Football League, wasn't used as a workhorse on Saturday but when he was utilized, he was extremely effective. And Hamilton, PSU's fifth-year wideout, caught five passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Midway through the fourth quarter, Huskies running back Myles Gaskin broke through the line and sprinted 69 yards for the touchdown to make it a 35-28 game.

The Huskies cut back into the deficit with help from Penn State, thanks to a fumbled exchange between McSorley and backup running back Miles Sanders at their own 33. The Huskies were unable to come up with any points on their final offensive drive, one which saw them get the ball with just over 30 seconds left on the clock. Things could have been worse for Washington, but Penn State's second drive of the game came to an end as McSorley was picked off by Byron Murphy in the end zone.

He finished the game 32-41 passing for 322 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. On Saturday, its second-best team - Washington - wasn't faring much better in the Fiesta Bowl.

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Penn State ends the season 11-2 while Washington finishes the season 10-3. Browning put the Huskies on the board two plays later on a 1-yard keeper.

There's no telling whether Franklin was seriously angry or not, but considering quarterback Trace McSorley had punched him in the gut earlier in the game celebrating a touchdown, the Penn State head coach had taken some punishment already. Penn State's win lifted the Big Ten to 6-0 with two games still to go, while the Pac-12 completed its postseason with a dismal 1-8 mark, including losses in all four contests against the Big Ten.

Washington was the final Pac-12 team to play in a bowl after the 2017 season. 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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