Penn State blew out Maryland 38-3 in the regular season finale on Saturday and for the first time in a while, the game never felt like it was in doubt. Penn State struck first after a four-play touchdown drive and never looked back. It was a proper sendoff to the seniors and after weeks of feeling inevitable doom, this one was pretty low-stress. I've been sifting through the wreckage of James Franklin's Twitter mentions for weeks now, but here's a look at them as Penn State finishes the 2018 season with a 9-3 record.
Im excited to announce that I am 100% committed to Penn State #WeAre #PSUnrivaled #107kStrong @coachjfranklin @CoachLimegrover @TylerBowen @mark_dup @RickyRahne @CoachTimBanks pic.twitter.com/RuA2abwGm2
— Grant Toutant (@toutant_grant) November 24, 2018
The day started off good as Penn State landed a 2020 commit in offensive tackle Grant Toutant.
— Kevin Koblinsky (@Kkoblinsky) November 24, 2018
There has been some speculation that USC may come after James Franklin and though the Twitter mentions usually don't show, many fans want him to stick around.
Watching the #MICHvsOSU game is making me sick to my stomach simply because if trash @coachjfranklin made the decision to just kick an extra point, Penn State wouldve at the least went into OT with Ohio State.
— Michael James (@___michaeljames) November 24, 2018
That extra point would have put Penn State up 13 and after Ohio State scored, they likely would not have gone for two and kicked and extra point to win by the same margin.
Imagine how many more students would be there to support them today if you weren't a choke artist
— Wesley Types (@WesleyTypes) November 24, 2018
The weather wasn't the only downer heading into the game.
@coachjfranklin still has more B1G Championships than Jim Harbaugh.
— Matt Robida (@RobidaMDGP) November 24, 2018
True statement. Michigan laid it on Penn State this season, but the fact remains.
Take the USC job and get the hell out of Happy Valley, the fact you would even talk to someone about USC....GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE.
— End-Gamer (@Koz_PSU) November 24, 2018
Speculation upon speculation here, but the End-Gamer has seen enough.
— Team Shutt Wrestling (@ShuttWrestling) November 24, 2018
Penn State took a 17-3 lead into the break. I don't mind the passes, but those fade routes can take a hike in my opinion.
— NEIN FB Skills Camp (@neinskillscamp) November 24, 2018
A fun razzle-dazzle hook and ladder to end the half resulted in a stat padding play, but it was still worth a shot.
— Tom (@SmashLopez) November 24, 2018
— Thomas S(uperbowlchampions)immons (@Thomas_Simmons_) November 24, 2018
Several tweets suggested that James Franklin look at a Kliff Kingsbury as a new offensive coordinator.
— braedyn nicole (@braedyn_leake) November 24, 2018
As the ABC crew showed shots of their camera workers, James Franklin pulled Trace McSorley from the game so he could get the recognition he rightfully earned from the fans who braved the weather.
@coachjfranklin Nice job Coach, great job by you, coaching staff and team, great job! WE ARE, way to finish the regular season!
— Tom Dougherty Jr (@TomDoughertyJr) November 24, 2018
TOM!!! After venting his frustrations last week during the Rutgers game, Tom was much more pleased with the effort against Maryland.
— Pete Kirstner (@PeteKirstner) November 24, 2018
The valley was happy once again.
@coachjfranklin @psufootball @PennStateFball thanks for a senior day finale win!! Thanks!! We could had gone to Big 10 Championship game if it wasnt for Coach Franklin bone headed calls on Ohio St and MSU game!! Congratulations Seniors @SandyB_PSUAD and Coach take USC job! TY
— Kevin J. Kline (@KevinJKline) November 24, 2018
See, spirits were high after a win... oh wait, I may have jumped the gun.
— Tracy Hoeppner (@trachoep) November 24, 2018
I think auto-correct allowed me to show this tweet.
— James Notor (@JamesNotorboat) November 25, 2018
Some of the memories will sting from this season, but it was great to see the seniors go out in style.
— Fox (@jfox2088) November 25, 2018
— Andrew Pritchett (@stormsurge267) November 25, 2018
Time flies and it's hard to believe the regular season has come to and end. In a year where Penn State had to replace a lot of talent, they still finished with a 9-3 record. There will be a lot of "what ifs" this season, but Penn State has a chance at a 10th win for the third straight season, and that's nothing to scoff at.
Thanks for joining me each week on this fruitless endeavor, but it's been fun. After the bowl game concludes and as the offseason turns, I will be back to check in on James Franklin's Twitter mentions because I am a glutton for punishment. Thank you to anyone who tweeted at the head coach because it's kept this nonsense going.