Penn State took the opening kick with Miles Sanders instead of Saquon Barkley. Barkley scheduled for a lighter role in the Fiesta Bowl. Most believe this is his last college game. On the opening drive Trace McSorley found DaeSean Hamilton deep for a 48 yard catch and run to take a 7-0 lead on Washington.
Late in the first quarter the Penn State offense struck again. Washington was kept off balance by a well called drive by new offensive coordinator Ricky Rahne. Saquon Barkley capped off an 11 play 64 yard drive on a 2 yard drive to give Penn State a 14-0 lead.
At the end of the 1st quarter Washington turned to the bag of tricks. A double pass set the Huskies up in the redzone. Quarterback Jake Browning was able to score on quarterback sneak from the one yard line to cut the Penn State lead to 14-7.
Next possession for Penn State the offense went right back after it. Barkley’s heir apparent Miles Sanders scored from the one yard line giving Penn State a 21-7 lead.
Sanders might be the next running back to star at Penn State, but Saquon Barkley isn’t finished yet. After Washington pinned Penn State within their own ten yard line, Barkley took an inside hand off 92 yards to give Penn State a 28-7 lead.
Of course no Penn State can forget the big leads surrendered in last years Rose Bowl and this year against Ohio State. Some of those thoughts starting to creep in when a shovel pass went wrong between McSorley and Sanders. Washington recovered at the twenty yard line. Miles Gaskins able to burst in for a score cutting the Penn State lead to 28-14. Both teams took that score into halftime.