James Franklin hurting from punch to ribs from Penn State QB

Washington's real hope to win this game lies ion special teams.

Washington was the final Pac-12 team to play in a bowl after the 2017 season. From first team representative Vita Vea to second team player Greg Gaines. Barkley had 137 of the Nittany Lions' 203 yards rushing.

While the big bodies up front are stuffing the run, Washington's linebackers are every bit as fast and aggressive.

The Pac-12 appears to be awful.

In collapses against USC and Ohio State, the Nittany Lions looked helpless in the final minutes. Despite ranking 27th in total offense, Penn State's offensive unit will be a key to victory in the Fiesta Bowl.

"I don't think it's something that you can really put into words and describe the impact that last year's seniors had, the impact this year's seniors had", Franklin said Friday at the final press conference before Saturday's game against Washington at University of Phoenix Stadium. They are sixth nationally averaging almost 42 points scored per game. Saquon Barkley is projected to be a star in the National Football League, and will likely be one of the first players to hear his name at the draft next year. For a time earlier this season, the first team All-Big Ten running back was the Heisman Trophy front-runner.

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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. What sets Barkley apart from other highly talented running backs is his ability to make catches. Trace McSorley was 18-of-24 for 219 yards, a touchdown and an interception at halftime. If the redshirt junior were to declare, he would be a fringe-draftable candidate. Defensive ends Shareef Miller and Shaka Toney led the Lions with four sacks apiece. After three quarters, Penn State had come up short on third down just once. The Nittany Lions seem to have made the desert their home-away-from-home. The first game of the day is the TaxSlayer Bowl, which has Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson.

"We want to win a big-time bowl game and take the next step as a program".

Likewise, Petersen is reticent to bring up the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, when his Boise State team defeated Oklahoma 43-42 in overtime. "They care about Playstation and practicing hard and the here and now". He doesn't expect that to be the case Saturday even though both teams were undefeated at midseason and considered College Football Playoff contenders.

The Pac-12 was outscored by a combined 87 points in the nine games with Washington State's 25-point loss to Michigan State being the most lopsided of the defeats.

Petersen said he spent several years after the Fiesta Bowl acting "like it didn't happen" when asked about the game. It features so many good players on both sides of the ball for both teams. We weren't expecting to have bowl games for a long time.

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