Penn State's James Franklin on win over Pitt: 'Just like beating Akron'

Penn State's James Franklin on win over Pitt: 'Just like beating Akron'

Penn State's James Franklin on win over Pitt: 'Just like beating Akron'

Allen and Penn State's defense stymied the Panthers all day while the Nittany Lions' offense got on track in a 33-14 win at Beaver Stadium on Saturday.

Pitt former running back James Conner rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns in the Panthers' 42-39 victory over Penn State previous year.

Trace McSorley played quarterback in two of Penn State's biggest games previous year, the Big Ten championship and the Rose Bowl. Last week, we beat Akron, and it was a great win.

Last week, Penn State throttled Akron, 52-0, behind Barkley's 172 rushing yards and two touchdowns before he sat out the entire fourth quarter. The Panthers finished with 45 carries for 155 yards and a touchdown but there were some big holes opened up that could have gone for more yardage. When asked if that in itself was some form of poking the team they just beat, he disagreed. "That's what we focus on here at Penn State, and we hold ourselves to that standard".

In the closing minutes of last year's loss, Penn State receiver DaeSean Hamilton dropped a pass from McSorley that, if caught, could have wound up going down in history as the game-winning touchdown grab. "This win is no more significant than last week".

These days, the roar is real at Beaver Stadium, where Penn State has resurrected itself in the post-Joe Paterno era.

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The significance of beating in-state enemy Pitt seemed lost in Penn State's past.

McSorley said he was "jittery" to start the game. "I really didn't even think of it that way". "I've been saying the same thing for years".

"I think just kind of the emotions of everything coming into today got the best of me at the beginning", he said. It was also the first time Penn State played in a tough environment, which helped calm the Lions at times on the road down the stretch.

McSorley's 36-yard carry in the first quarter was the longest rush of his career. It was telling for the Panthers and Narduzzi, who often points out that teams make their biggest strides between Week 1 and Week 2.

Pitt ran 46 plays for 150 total yards and had the ball over two thirds of the first half (21:51 of game time). Whether he meant it as a slight or not, that logic sounded suspiciously like a backhanded jab when Franklin recapped No. 4 Penn State's victory over in-state foe Pitt on Saturday.

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