WATCH: James Franklin Addresses "Timeout Gate" and Iowa Matchup

By Adriana Lacy on September 20, 2017 at 11:01 am
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Head Coach James Franklin spoke to the media Tuesday about the Georgia State game and the team's upcoming matchup at Iowa on Saturday night. 

Franklin addressed what he called "field goal gate" or "timeout gate" and the allegations that he iced the Georgia State kicker at the end of the game, despite leading 56 - 0. 

"I was not icing anyone," Franklin said. "I want to be as clear as I can possibly be. We had our fourth team defense, some threes, mostly fours on the field. We have never worked a fourth team field goal block." 

Franklin explained that the fourth team did not know how to set up, so he called the timeout to get the second team back in there. He also said that regardless of the score, the team is going to fight every second of every game. 

"If that's how you think and how you feel, then you won't ever understand me, and you won't ever understand us. Whether its the first play of the game or the last play of the game or whether we're losing or whether we're winning, or whether it's raining or whether it's sunny, we are going to fight for every inch on the field, every yard on the field, every second on the clock. We're going to fight."

Looking ahead to Iowa, although Franklin has never been to the school, he has been preparing the team for what he anticipates will be a rowdy and loud environment. The Hawkeyes are also known for their pink away team locker room, which is believed to affect visiting team's psyches. 

But for Franklin, it's simply a nice gesture.

“I’m actually going to talk to our guys about it being a really, really nice gesture by the University of Iowa to welcome Penn State, since our original school colors are pink and black, and how wonderful it is and what a wonderful gesture it is that they painted their locker room pink for us.

"It's going to be a tremendous challenge, but we're looking forward to it."

Penn State takes on the Iowa Hawkeyes Saturday, Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. on ABC. 

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