Penn State coach James Franklin savagely disses Pitt following Saturday's victory

Penn State coach James Franklin savagely disses Pitt following Saturday’s victory

The Nittany Lions started their season with a 52-0 win over Akron a week ago and followed that by beating Pitt 33-14 for the once-heated rival's first visit to State College in almost two decades.

Penn State won 33-14, avenging a 42-39 loss last season.

"I know previous year beating us for them was like the Super Bowl", the coach said of Pitt. "For us, this was just like beating Akron".

Is there any doubt this rivalry is on? Penn State added to its lead courtesy of McSorley's 46-yard TD pass to Saquon Barkley early in the third quarter - a play on which Barkley found himself singled up against linebacker Saleem Brightwell - and scored again when Barkley plowed eight yards into the end zone on the first play of the fourth quarter. Pittsburgh will likely remember them heading into next season's matchup.

"For their win previous year it was like winning the Super Bowl", he said, via Onward State. Penn State would lose again, two weeks later against MI, before going undefeated the rest of the regular season. At the time, Penn State was unproven, 1-1 after the loss and still recovering from the Jerry Sandusky scandal and a rotating cast of coaches over the past five seasons.

The Nittany Lions led from their first score to the end, never allowing Pitt within single digits after building a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Also, former Pitt quarterback Nathan Peterman and running back James Connor who were integral in last year's win have moved on to the NFL.

"I think with how previous year ended, I think that was kind of playing a lot into it", McSorley said.

"I think emotions were high", McSorley said.

The teams haven't met in Beaver Stadium since 1999. I mean, I feel sorry for Akron getting caught in the crossfire, but that's going to happen sometimes. "We're going to come out, no matter who the opponent is, and play our game". 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". He finished with 183 all-purpose yards: 88 on 14 carries, 45 on four receptions and 50 on two kickoff returns.

While Penn State's receivers have a ton of talent, they were shut down by a solid Pitt secondary and will need to show up when the better competition comes around in the coming weeks or McSorley will look lost like he did much of the day dropping back to pass.

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