The remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon made it's way to Pittsburgh early Saturday. The rain fell early and often as Penn State took a quick 7-0 lead, but then things got dicey. Pitt ran all over Penn State early before an extra point to make the score was 7-6 for most of the first half. The Nittany Lions scored late in the half to go up 14-6, and Pitt forgot to #LockTheGates before the flood gates opened in the second half.
As per usual, I went head first into James Franklin's Twitter mentions and here's a look at what I found.
Hopefully, this is a preview of the College Football Playoff.
Wouldnt be a Michigan blowout without a sad field goal, eh @coachjfranklin?— Patrick (@PankDankTank) September 8, 2018
Two years removed from that field goal and Patrick went in and tried to reopen that wound.
Penn State attempted a field goal with a freshman kicker and it did not go well.
I mean, there are so many missed tackles and they're unable to take opposing players down. It's so frustrating.try— Jen (@FlyersFanJen) September 9, 2018
At 7-6, no one would disagree, but stay tuned.
As it turned out, they did because they were certainly not going to throw.
Both teams need to run the ball apparently.
@coachjfranklin if you are looking for a playoff bid better hope noone is watching this game— Mickey Ferrence (@Mick_Ferrence) September 9, 2018
Again, it was a frustrating first half for the most part, but Penn State scored late and went up 14-6 at the half.
I dont think @coachjfranklin and the #PennState staff get enough credit for how consistently outstanding they are at making halftime adjustments. This is like a completely different defense from the first half.— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardoNFL) September 9, 2018
Appalachian State and Ohio State last year not withstanding, but Penn State has generally thrived as second half team over the last two seasons.
I cannot determine if that is a green screen or the actual weather radar during the game.
That first quarter performance was quickly forgotten.
@coachjfranklin @psufootball great win James. But 6 straight pass calls. 10 min left. And a face mask that almost took Trace s Head off. Lets get a clue how to close out these games in 2018. 11 more games !!!!— Seve Jordan (@Sevej23Seve) September 9, 2018
As a reminder, Appalachian State outscored Penn State 28-14 in the quarter a week ago.
Put Clifford in. Save Trace @coachjfranklin Up 31 with less than 10 minutes— Jim Nolan (@jimnolanjr) September 9, 2018
Be patient Jim because it was coming and he threw a dime in his first attempt.
Run it up @coachjfranklin— David Tomaszewski (@DaveTom1124) September 9, 2018
Coach Franklin may have actually taken this advice.
What a second half.
@coachjfranklin We Are. In karma Trouble. No one outside of Ohio St throws 35 yard passes up 38 points with 4 min left. You have to know better coach. And play clock should go under 5 when up by 3 or more scores late. No plays with 20 on clock Cmon.— Seve Jordan (@Sevej23Seve) September 9, 2018
Not everyone was a fan of Sean Clifford's first touchdown pass.
@coachjfranklin challenging a fumble with 1:00 left with in a 51-6 game!?!— Nathanael Ryan (@natryan7) September 9, 2018
I love it.
up 45 points with a minute left challenging a fumble I love you @coachjfranklin— Ben (@blerms) September 9, 2018
I love you @coachjfranklin youre a savage— Tony Pearsol (@ToeKneeP18) September 9, 2018
Challenging a fumble up 51-6...I love you @coachjfranklin— Marty (@msj41817) September 9, 2018
Coaching to the final whistle @coachjfranklin love it— Dustin (@DustinHarris19) September 9, 2018
You tell your players to play 60 minutes, you coach for 60 minutes. Love @coachjfranklin— Brian Stickler (@Brian_Stickler) September 9, 2018
Franklin received some love for his late challenge on a fumble.
@coachjfranklin ZERO CLASS....— Chuck Shreve (@ChuckShreve) September 9, 2018
@coachjfranklin At least Pitt won something, you jagoff!! Hope THE Ohio State kicks your generic asses!! Hope the NCAA makes player names on jerseys MANDATORY!! Those plain shirts look like shit!— Jim Snyder (@jim_bigmacjim1) September 9, 2018
Not everyone was a fan however.
Assuming that the elevator was going up.
That'll do for this week. 44 unanswered points in a driving rain and Penn State is 2-0.