Much like all season, Penn State football made small mistakes throughout the Citrus Bowl that ended up costing them in the end as they fell to Kentucky 27-24. From poor special teams, to dropped passes to a questionable coaching decision late, you can imagine what James Franklin's Twitter mentions looked exactly like they have all season. Away we go for the last time this season to sift through the rubble.
Let's start 2019 with a win! Let's go lions!— Jay Hohman Jr (@JHohman82) January 1, 2019
This maybe wasn't the bowl game that fans had hoped for, but a win is a win and the fans were excited.
@coachjfranklin Seriously, WTF, stupid fake punt call. STUPID— Tom Dougherty Jr (@TomDoughertyJr) January 1, 2019
@coachjfranklin you should be fired IMMEDIATELY!!— Ap (@critcaredoc13) January 1, 2019
@coachjfranklin Fake a punt on your own 30?! GTFO!— Jeremy (@just_j_day) January 1, 2019
Well, the initial first series fake punt didn't work out, but maybe this would mean that the coaching staff would remain aggressive all day.
Hey @coachjfranklin your special teams are so bad all year and your team is never ready to play. So pathetic.— Sean Patrick (@Sean_Patrick621) January 1, 2019
@coachjfranklin I thought you had 2 practices for Special Teams! What exactly did you practice? Special Teams coach needs to go— Tom Dougherty Jr (@TomDoughertyJr) January 1, 2019
Not that he needed a reminder, but the Penn State special teams have been a cause for concern all season and they were especially bad in the bowl game.
The aggression shown on the first drive didn't carry over as Penn State was in a field position battle with the Wildcats in the first half.
Im so glad @coachjfranklin took the ball first so we could let them score on the opening drive of the 2nd half— BabsPSU (@brianbabyak) January 1, 2019
penn state is now gonna get destroyed in a game in which they completely dominated up to this point. incredible coaching @coachjfranklin— Danny McQuillen (@24_DQ) January 1, 2019
The third quarter start was a disaster for the Nittany Lions.
@coachjfranklin Dear coach. Your preparation for this game was abysmal. You cant be elite unless you beat teams you are supposed to. Which, you proved this year you are incapable.— Matt Kern (@healthcarekern) January 1, 2019
It's been a frustrating year, but the future is still bright for next season.
Thanks @coachjfranklin this is your fault— Zander Raphaelidis (@chazz_meister) January 1, 2019
I need a few months off from looking at these and I haven't even gotten to the late field goal.
Penn State will never be elite with @coachjfranklin as their head coach. Guy can recruit but he cant coach.— DevonSciortino (@devonsciortino) January 1, 2019
There were many renditions of this tweet out there, but I am just picking one. This has become a very popular view on Twitter.
Thank you. @McSorley_IX for a great season. @coachjfranklin failed you and the team. It is a disappointing season. The players do not deserve that. Time to change. #WeAre @psufootball #PSU see you in #psu2019— Coach Joseph Kolcun (@Josephkolcun) January 1, 2019
People looking for Franklin to get fired are in for a disappointment.
Comeon @coachjfranklin , we need more than 3 points! Bad call!— Al (@Alveeno007) January 1, 2019
You dont go for the win? @coachjfranklin— Zander Raphaelidis (@chazz_meister) January 1, 2019
I would have preferred that Franklin had gone for the lead late in the game, but many more people than these two tweets HATED that call.
@coachjfranklin Do everyone a favor and quit.— Rich Weiss (@theesniper) January 1, 2019
Typical @coachjfranklin smhhhh WHY TAKE IT OUT OF 9S HANDS?!?!?!?!?! Even when you make the kick you have to stop them.....smh this guy— D. Young (@D_Young1212) January 1, 2019
Well, those best sum up the 2018 "Don't @ Me" trip I have been on since the beginning of the season. I'll go recharge the batteries and be back next season to do it again. Happy New Year, and thanks again for reading