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31 December 2017

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 does not have a weak passing game. He rushed for 1,134 yards (94.5 ypg) and a conference-leading 16 touchdowns on 199 carries this season. And two of the best running backs in the nation are in view in Penn State's Saquon Barkley in the Fiesta and and Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor in the Orange. The Huskies enter as the fifth best team in total defense (tops in the Pac-12), allowing just 277 yards per game. The 2016 Nittany Lions won the Big Ten, only to see Washington named in their place at the College Football Playoff.

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.

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Chris Petersen's team finally reached the end zone in the second quarter, with Jake Browning's two-yard touchdown run capping a four-play, 75-yard drive to cut the deficit in half. The redshirt junior finishes the year with 3,570 passing yards and a 28/10 TD/INT ratio across 13 games played.

Penn State will no doubt try to get Barkley and the run game going early, but, like Washington, they are not one-dimensional. Both times his Boise State teams finished the season undefeated and ranked in the top-6 nationally. The first game of the day is the TaxSlayer Bowl, which has Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson.

This is another outstanding bowl match-up between two explosive teams that should come down to the wire.

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Penn State will also be monitoring its offensive line, which struggled during the regular season before finding its rhythm down the stretch. "They care about Playstation and practicing hard and the here and now".

This year the Pac-12 saw Oregon, UCLA, Arizona, Stanford, Washington State, Arizona State, USC and Washington all lose and the Utes be the only team to pick up a win. Penn State star running back Saquon Barkley will play in this game after some speculation he may not because of his leaving for the National Football League draft. The game is commemorated across Penn State's football offices, though Franklin said that memorabilia won't motivate the Lions this week. This should be the type of bowl game where you want to have your DVR and popcorn ready!

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James Franklin hurting from punch to ribs from Penn State QB