Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Penn State's James Franklin throws shade that's sure to fuel Pitt rivalry

Penn State's James Franklin throws shade that's sure to fuel Pitt rivalry

A poor choice of words?

No. 3 Penn State had one thing on its mind Sunday: revenge. But for us, this was just like beating Akron.

That dropped a few jaws in the media roo and led to the inevitable follow-up question about how such a statement might play in Pittsburgh. He acknowledged hearing some gasps, too.

It may not play in Pittsburgh, but Franklin stood behind his comment as an extension of his coaching staff's philosophy: The next game on the schedule is the biggest of the season.

"This was cool", said wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton, who dropped a pass behind the Pitt defense past year in the fourth quarter. "Each win is like the Super Bowl for us. We were happy to win, but there were no hard feelings". They held onto that win all season.

"You can interpret it however you want".

PRINCETON, N.J. - Penn State pitched its third shutout of the year as the Nittany Lions remained undefeated on the season with a 2-0 win over No. 12 Princeton at Bedford Field Sunday afternoon.

But when the fourth-ranked Nittany Lions played Pittsburgh Saturday, McSorley admitted that his nerves affected him because he remembered the late interception he threw in the end zone previous year. Instead, his tearful postgame meeting with the press wound up being a rallying point for the team.

Moyer also noted Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi referred to the game against Penn State as "gigantic" before his team pulled off the upset. The host Nittany Lions won, 52-0, as Barkley rushed for 172 yards and two scores.

Penn State never looked back after that touchdown, which opened an 18-point margin.

"It's ironic", Hamilton smiled.

McSorley finished 15-for-28 for 164 yards, three touchdowns and one interception, but completed just six passes to receivers.

Most of Penn State's verbal commitments from the high school class of 2018 were at Saturday's game, including blue-chippers like New Jersey WR Justin Shorter, Virginia RB Ricky Slade, Virginia OT Nana Asiedu, Camp Hill TE Zack Kuntz and Jesse Luketa, a LB from Erie.

Quarterback Max Browne - former USC starter - got Hall the ball right behind the end zone, and Penn State was ready.

The Lions badly wanted to make amends for last year's defeat and did, decisively beating the Panthers 33-14 before a sellout crowd of 109,898 at Beaver Stadium.

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