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

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That's what Pitt did a year ago after starting the renewal of the rivalry with a 42-39 victory at Heinz Field.

In the end Penn State's defense went into "bend but don't break" mode and did a good job hunkering down in the red zone to keep the Panthers from getting touchdowns but it is something to watch in the coming weeks as Penn State will be competing for a Big Ten championship with the likes of power running offenses like MI and Ohio State.

"I know past year for their win it was like the Super Bowl, but for us this was just like beating Akron", Franklin said.

The No. 4 Nittany Lions, fresh off a 52-0 trouncing of Akron that didn't exactly dampen fans' hopes that another championship season could be dawning, say they'll be waiting, seeking to continue the program's turnaround while exacting some revenge for that loss last season. All thanks to Jester Weah who converted an 11-yard touchdown pass in the overtime to give Pitt the lead. But for us, this was just like beating Akron. The Panthers were a 13-point favorite coming into the game.

Last year, the Nittany Lions dropped only two games in the regular season before falling to USC in the Rose Bowl. They held onto that win the whole season.

During the fourth quarter, down by two touchdowns against mighty Penn State, the Pittsburgh Panthers did the unthinkable.




"This was cool", said wide receiver DaeSean Hamilton, who dropped a pass behind the Pitt defense previous year in the fourth quarter.

Penn State will next host Georgia State before getting into the Big Ten part of the schedule.

Star running back James Connor is gone from Pitt, but they do have some talented players left on offense. "That's something that I think is kind of a silver lining for us, that we can keep pushing toward that".

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 game kicks off at 3:30 p.m.

On the other hand, "When you have a guy like Nelson that's able to get back and be productive, that just opens up a lot of pathways for you to make sure you get your best five on the field". But McSorley was just 6 for 15 for 44 yards and a pick in the first half, and as Franklin said, missing "some throws ... that he normally doesn't".

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