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

"I know previous year beating us for them was like the Super Bowl", said Franklin during the post-game press conference, referencing Pitt's 42-39 win over the Nittany Lions in 2016.

Pitt defeated Penn State in week 2 last season, but this year's game will have some major differences.

Last week, Penn State throttled Akron, 52-0, behind Barkley's 172 rushing yards and two touchdowns before he sat out the entire fourth quarter. "This was just like beating Akron". "Guys had, like, grudges, a chip on their shoulder, coming into this game". Marcus Allen's safety in the fourth quarter was Penn State's first since defensive tackle Devon Still notched one at Minnesota in 2010.

It's why 109,898 fans showed up Saturday to form the seventh-largest crowd at Beaver Stadium, and why social media lit up with enough glee to poke at the emotions of the Nittany Lions after Pitt's victory previous year. "They turned our season in a different direction than we wanted it to be".

"Everybody wants to build this up as a huge rivalry", Penn State guard Andrew Nelson said after the Lions lashed Pitt, 33-14.

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However, fans expecting a high-scoring display of offensive dominance by James Franklin squad largely left the stadium feeling underwhelmed.

"The game has changed", Franklin said. "That's something that I think is kind of a silver lining for us, that we can keep pushing toward that".

Todd Blackledge, the former Penn State quarterback who worked the game as an analyst for ABC, expressed the opinion that Penn State and Pitt "should play every year".

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. Trace McSorley also looked great, throwing for 280 yards and two touchdowns on 18-of-25 passing. "I've had tons of injuries throughout my career, and it's just that mental aspect of always putting in so much work and not feeling like you're getting the fruits of your labor". It was telling for the Panthers and Narduzzi, who often points out that teams make their biggest strides between Week 1 and Week 2.

On the ground, Saquon Barkley rushed for 172 yards and two touchdowns in 14 attempts while McSorely added 48 yards and a touchdown in 12 carries.

  • Lawrence Cooper