Penn State dropped its first game of the season on Saturday to Minnesota 31-26. It's been a number of months since I have sifted through James Franklin's Twitter mentions after a loss and it's not a pleasant experience. As you can imagine, people were calling for everyone to be fired so to spare you the pain of going through them all, here's a condensed version.
Ketchup toast and diet green tea for breakfast-Beat the Gophers & get to 9-0 on the season edition...#WEARE #PENNSTATE #NITTANYNATION #PUTTHEGOPHERSBACKINTHEIRHOLE@coachjfranklin @SpenceChaos @seancliff14 @Shizzeee_ @Kj_hamler pic.twitter.com/Q3q3hlvW9A— Mark Lohr (@mark_a_mania) November 9, 2019
Based on the time of the tweet, this man got up very early to make a disgusting breakfast.
Right down the field 94 yards. Shelton and Parsons badly missed on that drive. @coachjfranklin has a lot to answer for.— Philly Sports Fanatic (@thunderducks26) November 9, 2019
@coachjfranklin did you leave the team back at State College?— Alex (@boyce570) November 9, 2019
@coachjfranklin better get this defense together!!— Elisha Seager (@lishdadish) November 9, 2019
After Sean Clifford's first interception, Minnesota went right down the field for a 7-0 lead and away we go.
Yo @coachjfranklin .... rhane HAS to GO— Chiefy Sosa (@OGS_Redbeard) November 9, 2019
Penn State went into the half down 24-13 and everyone was naturally restless.
@coachjfranklin so... we elite yet or???— Jeffrey Morgan (@jeffreymorgan26) November 9, 2019
Have an elite day, @coachjfranklin— ValedicTorean (@Tee_GeeZy) November 9, 2019
This was another reoccurring theme in Franklin's Twitter mentions, bringing up his postgame speech after the 2018 Ohio State loss.
.@coachjfranklin dont search your name on Twitter today, Coach— Brian Cluxton (@bcluxton) November 9, 2019
I agree, Brian, I'll handle that.
Days like this is why Im very much okay if @coachjfranklin leaves for another school after this season.— Philly Sports Fanatic (@thunderducks26) November 9, 2019
Turning a 2 possession game into a 2 possession game from the 1, good work @coachjfranklin— pirrone (@chris_pirrone13) November 9, 2019
Hey @coachjfranklin what happened to being aggressive in everything we do? Very weak play calling to end the half.— BabsPSU (@brianbabyak) November 9, 2019
Fans looking for Franklin to leave after the decision to kick a field goal at the end of the half.
That is the only positive tweet I found during the first half of the game.
Stupid call by @coachjfranklin for a 2 point conversion!— Brian W (@bwarholak) November 9, 2019
Too early to go for two you idiot @coachjfranklin— Jake Holmes (@JakeHolmes570) November 9, 2019
There was some debate on the 2-point play call, but the play seemed to work, but running back Ricky Slade cut to the outside when the inside looked open.
LEAVE RAHNE IN MINNESOTA @coachjfranklin— Casey Nelson (@aircasey13) November 9, 2019
I cant stand you @coachjfranklin— johnny hines (@johnny_hines) November 9, 2019
Classic Penn State play calling... learn how to coach a game @coachjfranklin— Arianna (@_Arianna_D) November 9, 2019
Penn State's red zone offense faltered again and I think you get the point of where this was heading.
@coachjfranklin you should be fired tomorrow you bald headed bum. Absolutely shameful performance. I will never forget this despicable performance. Nobody is prepared. Terrible play calling and you are bald. I dont like bald.— Derekwappel (@derekwappel) November 9, 2019
I always think that nothing I see while compiling these tweets will surprise me. I'm always wrong.
there goes @coachjfranklin with the bonehead playcalls again. go to FSU idc im digging up JoePa.— Zack Christman (@slappytheturtl3) November 9, 2019
I think there were some plays you'd like to have back, but Penn State didn't execute on several plays as well and the combination was too much to overcome.
Does anyone want to tell him?
I think you have probably had enough of these, so that's a wrap on a tough loss. Penn State hosts a likely-to-be-ranked Indiana team and it will be interesting to see how the team responds–will it be a repeat of previous years where losses quickly become losing streaks? Or will the team get back on its horse?