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D E c E M B E R 3 1 , 2 0 1 7 B L U E W H I T E O N L I N E . c O M 1 TOO HOT TO HANDLE A scorching offense helps PSU leave the Arizona desert with a win Inspired by a handful of agonizing come-from- ahead losses the past two seasons, Penn State coach James Franklin has talked a lot about the need to develop a finisher's mentality. On Saturday, the Nittany Lions finished off Washington, thanks in large part to their refusal to let their Fiesta Bowl opponent finish off their pos- sessions. Facing the top defense in the Pac-12 and one of the best in the country, Penn State con- verted 13 of 17 third-down attempts, an astonish- ing performance that helped negate three turnovers and allowed the Lions to escape with a 35-28 victory. It was the Nittany Lions' seventh Fiesta Bowl win M A T T   H E R B | M A T T @ B L U E W H I T E O N L I N E . c O M Saquon Barkley gives Penn State a 28-7 lead with a 92-yard touchdown burst in the second quar- ter. Facing the nation's top-- ranked run de- fense, Barkley finished with 137 rushing yards. Photo by Steve Manuel BWI X PRESS P O S T G A M E R E P O R T F I E S T A B O W L P E N N S T A T E 3 5 , W A S H I N G T O N 2 8

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