Published: Sun, September 10, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Penn State defeats Pitt; Franklin: 'Just like beating Akron'

Penn State defeats Pitt; Franklin: 'Just like beating Akron'

"I think emotions were high", he said. "I definitely did, due to my grandmother not being able to see this game previous year. We're a really firm believer that no one can stop us but us".

No. 4 Penn State ended the "game within the game" against Pitt with 10:32 left in the third quarter.

Pitt: Doesn't get any easier next Saturday, when 10th-ranked Oklahoma State (2-0) visits Heinz Field. "Last year walking out of that stadium, the fans, all the type of stuff they said when we walked off". The Cowboys held off the Panthers 45-38 last season in Stillwater.

That makes Narduzzi's Panthers the team with everything to gain. Pitt's offense lost tenacious running back James Conner and steady quarterback Nathan Peterman to the National Football League, replacing them with Conner's bruising backup, Qadree Ollison, and a quarterback new to the program, USC transfer Max Browne, who threw the game-winning 11-yard touchdown pass to speedy Jester Weah in overtime last week against Youngstown State. They insisted that there was no bad blood or need to even the score after Pitt's 42-39 victory in the renewed series a year ago, but quickly followed that up by saying they remembered well the Panthers' celebration last year in Pittsburgh that spilled into social media in the days that followed.

"If we do our job, no one can stop our skill position players".

The Pitt offense was able to win the battle on the ground and dominated the time of possession but the difference in the game turned out to be Penn State converting touchdowns on their scoring chances instead of kicking field goals like the Pitt offense was forced to do. "It just matters what we think, and if we think it is, then it is for us, and it doesn't have to be for them". The host Nittany Lions won, 52-0, as Barkley rushed for 172 yards and two scores. A year later the junior could give a potential Heisman Trophy campaign a serious jolt with a repeat performance.

Courtney Maholtz laughed when her fiance Chad suggested they get married in the parking lot outside Beaver Stadium before a Penn State football game. The defense also contributed a safety when Marcus Allen tackled Darrin Hall in the end zone.

Freshman Alessia Russo watched as her shot from outside the box was deflected over the crossbar by Penn State goalkeeper Rose Chandler with just under three minutes to play-ending UNC's chances of tying the affair.

McSorley finished the game with 164 yards and three touchdowns. (Again, it's called gold, but it's really yellow.) Pitt's blue is different, but there's no reason the yellow can't be the same handsome color as the rest of the teams'. It's what happens when you get too cute.

These are incredible. They're a call back to Pitt's glory days, when the Panthers were a national power in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

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