Nittany Lions, Cyclones, Bulldogs post bowl victories
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Trace McSorley threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns, Saquon Barkley ran for two more scores and No. 9 Penn State outlasted No. 12 Washington 35-28 in the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday.
Penn State (11-2), No. 9 in the final College Football Rankings, had its way with Washington’s vaunted defense early, building a 28-7 lead by the second quarter. Washington (10-3) woke up from an offensive slumber with two touchdowns and pulled to 35-28 on Myles Gaskins’ 69-yard run in the fourth quarter.
The Huskies, No. 11 CFP, allowed Penn State to work the clock to under a minute on the next drive and gave up a season-high 545 total yards.
Washington had a shot with a desperation play, but Dante Pettis passed up a chance to step out of bounds to set up another play, and threw a final lateral that was intercepted.
Iowa State 21, No. 19 Memphis 20
At Memphis, Tennessee, Allen Lazard tied a Liberty Bowl record with 10 catches and put the Cyclones ahead with a remarkable 5-yard TD reception in the third quarter, and Iowa State beat Memphis on the Tigers’ home field.
Iowa State (8-5) held after losing its first fumble this season just as it appeared on the verge of scoring an insurance touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
Memphis (10-3) drove to the Iowa State 40 on its next possession but lost the ball on downs.
No. 24 Mississippi St. 31, Louisville 27
At Jacksonville, Florida, in the Tax-slayer Bowl, freshman Keytaon Thompson, making his first start in place of injured quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, ran for 147 yards and three TDs to help lift the Bulldogs past Louisville and 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson.
Thompson and Jackson provided highlights and some lowlights.
Thompson scored twice in the fourth quarter, including a 1-yard plunge with 3:39 remaining that put the Bulldogs (9-4) ahead for good.
Jackson had the Cardinals (8-5) on the move late, but safety Mark McLaurin intercepted his third pass of the game. After a failed fourth-down conversion, Jackson got a final chance in the waning seconds, but his final desperation pass was batted away in the end zone.