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Penn State Faithful Unite In Arizona

31 December, 2017, 02:39 | Author: Rachael Silva
  • This is the 2017 Fiest Bowl parade route in central Phoenix

Penn State appeared to be a national title contender for a good chunk of this season, but consecutive losses to Ohio State and Michigan State ended any hopes for the Nittany Lions.

Barkley has run for 1,134 yards and accounted for 21 touchdowns this season for the Nittany Lions. After the Huskies cut the Nittany Lions' lead to a touchdown, a blown shovel pass nearly resulted in a turnover.

Until running back Myles Gaskin had a 13-yard rushing touchdown late in the first half, the Huskies tallied -11 rushing yards. Other than that, though, his play-calling has been superb in his first game taking over for Joe Moorhead.

Pettis could be the wild card in this game because he is the best return man in the country and should force Penn State to kick away from him, which could then give the Huskies a significant advantage when it comes to field position. The second team All-Pac-12 running back rushed for 1,282 yards (107 ypg) and a conference-tying 19 touchdowns on 208 carries this season. The Huskies enter as the fifth best team in total defense (tops in the Pac-12), allowing just 277 yards per game.

Penn State will no doubt try to get Barkley and the run game going early, but, like Washington, they are not one-dimensional. They know what the journey has been like."I feel we kind of brought Penn State back", Haley said, "from playing in the Pinstripe Bowl to the Rose Bowl and the Fiesta Bowl". If they can control Barkley in the return game and Pettis can break some big returns the Huskies might just have a shot.

Penn State's defensive line contained the Huskies' elusive quarterback, Jake Browning.

As the leader of the Boise State program, Petersen guided the Broncos to wins over Oklahoma and TCU in the Fiesta Bowl. Both teams are coming off impressive seasons, both finishing with a 10-2 record. But, as Coach Petersen was quick to point out during his Fiesta Bowl media availability when asked if he told his Washington players about his Fiesta Bowl success as the coach of Boise State: "They don't care about that".

Now the time has come for one team to earn their 11th win of the season. Her message to Franklin ahead of the Fiesta Bowl was simple: "Win this game or me and the kids are gone", Franklin said. He doesn't expect that to be the case Saturday even though both teams were undefeated at midseason and considered College Football Playoff contenders. "But they were both really awesome times to be at this site and this game".


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