Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

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'

Head coach James Franklin did not see any reason to get excited over Penn State's 33-14 victory over Pittsburgh on Saturday.

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.

Trace McSorley played quarterback in two of Penn State's biggest games a year ago, the Big Ten championship and the Rose Bowl. But for us, this was just like beating Akron.

Is there any doubt this rivalry is on? Their first loss of the season came to Pitt 42-39. Pittsburgh will likely remember them heading into next season's matchup. Last week, we beat Akron, and it was a great win.

At steamy Heinz Field last September 10, the Panthers dominated the early going, rushing out to a 28-7 lead before needing a late interception by safety Ryan Lewis in the end zone to end a furious Penn State comeback attempt.

Penn State hosts Georgia State next Saturday before opening up Big Ten play the following week against Iowa. Pitt's was nonexistent. The Nittany Lions scored twice, but ran just 17 plays on four other first-half possessions and punted three times. "That's what we focus on here at Penn State, and we hold ourselves to that standard".

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

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. "You guys saw the signs and heard what they were saying".

"I think there's a point where they took it too far", said star running back Saquon Barkley, who had a touchdown and 133 offensive yards Saturday. That's the only point I felt disrespected on.

McSorley's 36-yard carry in the first quarter was the longest rush of his career. Quarterback Trace McSorley added 280 pass yards and two touchdown connections with tight end Mike Gesicki.

Many of them remember the days when Tony Dorsett was charging through Penn State for 200 yards in 1976 and leading Pitt to a national championship, and the way Shane Conlan and the Lions linebackers bulldozed Pitt on their way to Penn State's second national championship in 1986.

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