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Penn State No. 2 in Learfield Directors' Cup standings

UNIVERSITY PARK – Penn State Athletics is off to another superlative start in the Learfield Directors' Cup, earning his highest fall finish since 2005-06.

The Nittany Lions are No. 2 in the final fall 2017 standings on the strength of five teams qualifying for their respective NCAA Championships and the football team winning the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. The Penn State women’s soccer and women’s volleyball teams captured Big Ten Championships this past fall.

Barkley's Best: Top 10 from the 2017 season

UNIVERSITY PARK – Saquon Barkley is one of the best players to ever wear the Blue and White. His 2017 season had some great and entertaining plays. These are the best of them.

10. Run away from his shadow

Penn State lands at No. 8 in final AP poll

UNIVERSITY PARK – The Nittany Lions have finished in the Top 10 – again.

Penn State moved up one spot in the final AP Top 25 poll, going from No. 9 to No. 8. The Lions moved up with a 35-28 win over Washington in the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 30. Both Auburn and USC dropped out of the Top 10 following disappointing bowl losses.

It marks back-to-back Top 10 finishes for Penn State head coach James Franklin and his staff.

It was Penn State’s first back-to-back Top 10 finishes since the 2008-09 campaign.

Column: Barkley's greatness will be missed

UNIVERSITY PARK — By now, you know the news.

Saquon Barkley is leaving Penn State.

That’s not a surprise, of course. Everyone expected him to go. But it’s still hard to take. After all, the kid was complete class during his time at Penn State.

There’s an old Dr. Seuss saying that says: “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.”

That’s the attitude Penn State fans need to have when it comes to Barkley.

During his three seasons at Penn State, he did everything right and represented the university amazingly well.

Penn State closes season with Fiesta Bowl win

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Penn State football team finished the season at 11-2 with a 35-28 win over Washington in the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday afternoon in Glendale, Ariz.

With the win, the Nittany Lions improved to 7-0 in Fiesta Bowls.

In what was probably his final game as a Nittany Lion, running back Saquon Barkley rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns, including a 92-yard TD in the second quarter. He also caught seven balls for 38 yards.

Fiesta Bowl preview: Return game is key

GLENDALE, Ariz. — The Nittany Lions of Penn State will clash with the Huskies of Washington in the 2017 PlayStation Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz.

Penn State has not allowed a punt return for a touchdown in the 12 games its played this season.

On Saturday, Dec. 30. that stat will be tested by Washington punt returner Dante Pettis.

The senior wide receiver  has nine career punt returns for touchdowns, shattering Wes Welker’s past record of eight returns for touchdowns, the record breaker coming  in a matchup with Oregon prior  this season.

Looking back: Fiesta Bowl history, Part VI

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State’s most recent trip to the Fiesta Bowl came in 1997.

In what would be Joe Paterno’s final Fiesta Bowl, the Nittany Lions posted an impressive 38-15 victory over Texas.

The Nittany Lions entered the game with a 10-2 record and struggled early against the Longhorns. Penn State trailed at the half, 12-7, but stormed back in the second half.

In the third quarter, Penn State outscored Texas 21-3. Touchdowns came from Aaron Harris, Curtis Enis and Anthony Cleary. The Nittany Lions iced the game with a TD late in the game from Enis.

Penn State predictions: Can Lions cap amazing season?

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Well, it’s finally here.

The Penn State football team wraps up the 2017 season on Saturday when it faces off against Washington in the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Ariz. The Nittany Lions have won three consecutive games and can put a nice bow on the season with a win on Saturday.

The Nittany Lions blew a two-score lead in last year’s Rose Bowl. They can erase those bad memories with a win on Saturday. Will they get the W? Let’s find out what our staff had to say:

Looking back: Fiesta Bowl history, Part V

UNIVERSITY PARK – It certainly wasn’t as memorable as the 1987 Fiesta Bowl, but the 1992 Fiesta Bowl certainly had its moments.

The Nittany Lions found themselves in a 17-7 hole to the Volunteers. Then, things got ugly.

For Tennessee.

The Nittany Lions exploded and outscored the Volunteers 35-0 the rest of the way to post a lopsided 42-17 victory.

Penn State QB Tony Sacca fired three touchdown passes and Reggie Givens added a pick-six as the Nittany Lions erupted.

Fiesta Bowl: Plan your watch party now

STATE COLLEGE – The presents are unwrapped, the Christmas ham has been devoured.

It’s time to turn your attention to the PlayStation FiestaBowl.

In case you forgot, Penn State and Washington face off on Saturday, Dec. 30 in the Fiesta Bowl.

If you can’t make it to Glendale, Ariz., to watch the Nittany Lions play, you’re not alone.

A lot of Penn State fans will be back in Happy Valley for the game, which kicks at 4 p.m. on ESPN.

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