Published: Mon, September 11, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Penn State pounds Pitt on both sides of the ball

Penn State pounds Pitt on both sides of the ball

As for the larger debate - the rivalry-or-not-a-rivalry discussion that has been beaten to death - coach James Franklin rekindled it during his postgame remarks by saying, "I know previous year for their win it was like the Super Bowl, but for us this was just like beating Akron (by a 52-0 count in the opener)".

The Panthers are coming off a 28-21 win over Youngstown State in the season opener.

The Penn State Nittany Lions play the Pittsburgh Panthers in one of the college football games on Saturday, start time at 3:30 PM ET, at Beaver Stadium, Pennsylvania. That's going to be huge when the Lions get into Big Ten play and face the likes of Michigan, Michigan State and Ohio State.

And at the mic stand, unprompted, the program's head football coach says that beating Pitt is just another week. It's tough because you play so well on first and second down. In the third quarter, he beat linebacker Saleem Brightwell down the middle of the field to catch a 46-yard touchdown pass from McSorley, which made it 21-3. The quarterback has been in on eight TDs in the first two games - the latest a 47-35 Saturday win by No. 17 Louisville (2-0), which rolled up 706 total yards over host North Carolina (0-2). In 27 career games at Penn State, Barkley has scored at least two touchdowns 10 times.

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. Hence, the reason for Penn State falling. Free safety Marcus Allen maintained, however, that it wasn't such a big deal. Grant Haley's first-quarter interception set up a touchdown.

"That's our job", he said. "We signed up for this. We believe that we have the capability of being the best offense in the country and we believe we have the capability to be the best defense in the country". Same thing with us. "That ain't nothing new".

"People kind of keep asking me about this game", Franklin said.

Henderson, a Wilmington native, was able to return only two of Tyler Davis' six kickoffs for 33 yards.

The memory of Henderson running up and down the field and losing to Pitt motivated at least some of the Lions.

That certainly seems to be his way of saying Penn State views Pitt as a little brother more than a worthy rival. "I didn't forget any of that".

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