Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Penn State returns to Fiesta Bowl to play Washington

Penn State returns to Fiesta Bowl to play Washington

Penn State gutted it out down the stretch and fended off an Iowa rally for a 77-73 win at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in its 2017-18 Big Ten season opener.

After upsetting the No. 4 team in the country in the University of MI on November 19, Lehigh aimed at taking down another top Big Ten opponent at home, but this time, the Mountain Hawks were up against the two-time defending national champions.

Penn State is 2-0 all-time against the Huskies with the win in the 1983 Aloha Bowl and a 21-7 win at Washington in 1921. The Huskies also feature Myles Gaskin who rushed for over 1,200 yards and 19 touchdowns this season. They finished the season strong by blowing out cross-state rival, Washington State 41-14, and their high-powered offense could definitely be a problem for Penn State as well.

The second half was more of the same as Iowa chased down a Penn State team that continued to respond to each Hawkeye score with one of its own to stay ahead.

Washington: QB Jake Browning.

Washington and Penn State will meet in the postseason for the second time.

On Sunday, Penn State was selected to take on the Huskies out of the Pac-12. "We can't wait to see our Penn State family descend on Valley of the Sun to passionately support their Nittany Lions!" If McSorley can control the game with both his arm and legs, as he has done all year, Penn State has a good chance of emerging victorious.

Penn State: Seventh appearance in the Fiesta Bowl, 48th bowl appearance in school history. Its last appearance came on January 1, 1997, in a win over Texas. Nittany Lion fans everywhere will certainly hope that trend continues come December 30.

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