Penn State converted 13 of 17 third downs, including touchdown passes by McSorley and three conversions on its final clock-draining drive.
The Nittany Lions lost a chance at the playoff with consecutive losses to Ohio State and No. 24 Michigan State but ended up in a familiar place: the Fiesta Bowl, where they had not lost in six previous trips.
Washington was in the Fiesta Bowl for the first time, but it was not the first time for Huskies Coach Chris Petersen; he made a name for himself by trick-playing Boise State to two Fiesta victories.
LIBERTY BOWL Allen Lazard tied a Liberty Bowl record with 10 catches and put Iowa State ahead with a remarkable 5-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter, and the Cyclones beat No. 19 Memphis, 21-20, on the Tigers’ home field.
“This group is as resilient and as tough as any group I’ve ever been around,” Iowa State Coach Matt Campbell said.
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The Cyclones had the lead and third-and-goal at the 1 when David Montgomery fumbled as he was crossing the goal line. Jonathan Cook recovered in the end zone for a touchback with just over four minutes left. Iowa State had been attempting to become the first Football Bowl Subdivision team in recorded history to play an entire season without losing a fumble.
Iowa State pulled ahead for good with about four and a half minutes left in the third quarter. On second-and-goal from the 5, it appeared that Iowa State quarterback Kyle Kempt’s pass eluded Memphis safety Josh Perry’s outstretched arms and was tipped by Iowa State’s Marchie Murdock before Lazard caught it in the back of the end zone.
Lazard ended up with 142 yards receiving in his final college game and was named the game’s most valuable player. His 10th touchdown catch of the year set Iowa State’s single-season record.
Memphis had not lost on its home field all season.
TAXSLAYER BOWL Keytaon Thompson, a highly praised freshman making his first start in place of the injured quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, ran for 147 yards and three touchdowns, helping No. 24 Mississippi State beat Louisville, 31-27, and Lamar Jackson, its Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, in Jacksonville, Fla.
Thompson completed 11 of 20 passes for 127 yards, with an interception. He was more effective as a runner, carrying on 27 of the team’s 55 running plays.
“We knew that’s what he did best,” Greg Knox, the Bulldogs’ interim coach, said of Thompson’s running. “If you go back and look at Mississippi State over the year, when Nick Fitzgerald ran the ball for a hundred yards, we were winning games. So we knew he had to run the ball today.”
Jackson, a junior and the 2016 Heisman winner, has yet to declare for the N.F.L. draft, but he is widely expected to turn pro. If he is leaving, he went out setting records.
He ran 24 times for 158 yards and a touchdown, breaking the TaxSlayer Bowl record for most rushing yards by a quarterback. West Virginia’s Pat White set the previous mark with 145 yards in 2007. Jackson also broke his own program records for rushing yards and yards from scrimmage. He had the longest run of his career, a 75-yarder late in the second quarter.
Jackson completed 13 of 31 passes for 171 yards, with two touchdowns, four interceptions and six sacks. He had thrown just six interceptions in the regular season.
AILING MAYFIELD EMERGES Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield made it to the Rose Bowl media day after all, saying he had had “flulike” symptoms.
Mayfield, this year’s Heisman Trophy winner, missed the first half of the 45-minute session Saturday at a downtown Los Angeles hotel ahead of the College Football Playoff semifinal between the second-ranked Sooners and No. 3 Georgia on Monday night.
“Yeah, I’m not dying,” said Mayfield, who has been at practice each day this week.
Oklahoma Coach Lincoln Riley said: “He’ll be ready to play. Will he be at 100 percent physically? We’ll see. He’s not going to miss this one.”