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Heading into the fourth quarter, Penn State led Washington 35-21.

Matched up with No. 9 Penn State in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl, No. 11 Washington represented the Pac-12's last opportunity to salvage something from what had been a disastrous bowl season. Trace McSorley was 18-of-24 for 219 yards, a touchdown and an interception at halftime.

"I think every team that makes some of these bigger bowl games that aren't in the playoffs wish they were in the playoff", Washington quarterback Jake Browning said.

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.

Five fifth-year seniors - defensive tackles Curtis Cothran (Council Rock North) and Parker Cothren, wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton, guard Brendan Mahon and linebacker Brandon Smith - will start their final games in blue and white on Saturday, as will six fourth-year seniors.

Don't forget, also, that PSU special teams coordinator Charles Huff left to join Joe Moorhead's staff at Mississippi State, so that could lead to an issue here or there for the Lions.

Penn State played the first half without ends Shaka Toney and Shareef Miller, as both were suspended according to an ESPN report.

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Penn State's receivers had a size advantage on most teams out on the edge this season and Saturday was no different. The game was memorable for Petersen's collection of trick plays, which led to a huge upset and an on-field marriage proposal for one of his players. 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.

Penn State enters the Fiesta Bowl with a with an unblemished 6-0 mark all-time.

"We want to win a big-time bowl game and take the next step as a program". We put as much emphasis on it from day one of spring football to what we do right now.

Likewise, Petersen is reticent to bring up the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, when his Boise State team defeated Oklahoma 43-42 in overtime.

Similarities tend only to go so far in college football, especially when teams from opposite ends of the country, who are members of fundamentally different conferences, who haven't played each other in 34 years, are being compared.

This year's Fiesta Bowl should be very entertaining.

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