Penn State battled the Pitt Panthers for the 100th time, and held on for a 17-10 victory. Many Penn State fans were looking for a blowout to end the series and send Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi and his team on their merry way. It was much closer than anticipated and you know that usually translates to a colorful day of reading James Franklin's Twitter mentions.
Ketchup toast and diet green tea for breakfast-Beat Pitt and get to 3-0 on the season\tame those damn panthers edition...#WEARE #PENNSTATE #TAMETHOSEDAMNPANTHERS@coachjfranklin @SpenceChaos @seancliff14 @Shizzeee_ @Kj_hamler @_groovy55 @CoachPry_LBU pic.twitter.com/n6tzyBB37D— Mark Lohr (@mark_a_mania) September 14, 2019
Whatever it takes to get a win.
Not moving yet again for innovation park entrance. Worst plan and cant keep blaming drivers not knowing.— Susie Warner (@SusieWarner8) September 14, 2019
The new traffic pattern has the fans livid.
@coachjfranklin youre a joke. Youre outcoached every single game man— Kyle Studfeld (@Kyle4for4) September 14, 2019
We are underway of this in-state rivalry.
. @coachjfranklin their going to throw on the next play. Put pressure on the QB.— Jeffrey Hamill, PhD of Propaganda (@TheJHP) September 14, 2019
@coachjfranklin I cant wait till they fire your ass— Mike (@MARCinek810) September 14, 2019
You can always come home @coachjfranklin— Brett DeLawyer, A Denial Correlation (@_birdsofwar) September 14, 2019
Penn State fans are frustrated, but Vanderbilt fans still have a soft spot in their hearts for James Franklin.
are you kidding me you little piece of crap @coachjfranklin bring the team out ready to play jesus— Joe (@JoePlaysLax) September 14, 2019
Joe is not too thrilled with the start of the game.
Dont search your name on Twitter, Coach @coachjfranklin. The consensus seems to be you have your head somewhere other than the normal place— Brian Cluxton (@bcluxton) September 14, 2019
See, that's where I come in and do it for him.
@coachjfranklin please Fire Ricky Rahne, he sucks— Tom Dougherty Jr (@TomDoughertyJr) September 14, 2019
@coachjfranklin Seriously, hey on your coaches to wake the Fn up, more aggression, and play the hot guys. Stop being cute, blow them out NOW!!!— Tom Dougherty Jr (@TomDoughertyJr) September 14, 2019
Tom is back this week and he's still mad while possibly laying 17 points.
@coachjfranklin You are allowed to use Timeouts, we get 3 per half of football play. Zone Def. is irrelevant in 2019. Thanks for a good kicker this year!— Tread the Last (@treadthelast) September 14, 2019
Lot's of good info for coach to use.
I am 50/50 on deciding if this is a typo or not.
@coachjfranklin - STOP being conservative!— Joseph Kolcun (@Josephkolcun) September 14, 2019
Ahh theres the pathetically conservative play call on 3rd and 7 to run off tackle. Welcome back @coachjfranklin— Chad Jordan (@whos_ur_Chaddy7) September 14, 2019
Get your resume ready buddy @coachjfranklin— Matt Doyle (@doyle5252) September 14, 2019
Plenty of good vibes on Twitter on Saturday, but hey, at least he didn't kick a field goal from the one down seven.
Penn State wont go anywhere until @coachjfranklin decides to stop calling every game like hes up 52 points and trying to bleed clock. Better team beats them today the way he called this game. Hes better than this (or should be by now).— Ryan Welsh (@RyanWelsh11) September 14, 2019
Almost made it the whole day without an under center reference.
You will never hear negative words from me about @PennStateFball @coachjfranklin All Coaches. , Staff , The Players and Their Families. We Are 1-0 this week. Yes, We need to improve and we should strive to improve every single week. I got your backs. #WeAre #WeAreForeverAFamily.— Sue (@SueFrancisMook) September 14, 2019
And we always have Sue and her positive outlook on the situation.
@coachjfranklin figure it out. horrible win today.— Justin Sorbo (@j_sorbo) September 15, 2019
@coachjfranklin You guys have to figure this sh*t out. You have far to many weapons on offense to struggle and play behind the sticks all the time. FIGURE IT OUT UP FRONT!— Dustin (@d_woodring3) September 15, 2019
And just like that, it's over. Penn State is 3-0, and had this been a Pitt blog, it would have been three hours of sifting through "why didn't you go for it?" tweets. Thankfully, I haven't had to do that since January. Enjoy the bye week. I believe I will.