It was a fun slugfest in the Cotton Bowl when Penn State and Memphis squared off. It looked iffy at times, but Penn State never relinquished the lead after going up 14-13 early on. Join me if you will for one last look at James Franklin's Twitter mentions during Penn State's eleventh win of the season as the Nittany Lions prevailed 53-39.
Ketchup toast and diet green tea for breakfast-Beat the Tigers & get to 11-2 on the season and bring home the Cotton Bowl trophy edition...#WEARE #PENNSTATE #NITTANYNATION #LETSWINTHISSUMBITCH@coachjfranklin @SpenceChaos @seancliff14 @Shizzeee_ @_groovy55 @Kj_hamler pic.twitter.com/VJny9tK8wB— Mark Lohr (@mark_a_mania) December 28, 2019
Mark, if nothing else you are one devout fan. You also eat ketchup on bread and you've been an interesting lead off each week. Godspeed.
Thats Why #WeAreForeverAFamily. Forever & Ever. I love Our Penn State Family. Love you @coachjfranklin All Coaches , Staff , Players & Families. #WeAre #PennStatePrideAndLove24/7 https://t.co/lgRSwhZL0D— Sue (@SueFrancisMook) December 28, 2019
And then there is Sue, who is just a sweet person and always sending her best, sans ketchup toast.
East Stroudsburg wishing Coach Franklin well wishes.
Then you have this troll. Sigh.
Yea we just had a 32 yard yard touchdown on the first carry of the game so lets drop back and pass 3 times in a row lmfao @coachjfranklin WHAT ARE U DOING ????????— FoistMastaFlex(LAL24-6) (@jwoody_rec) December 28, 2019
Fans wanted to run the ball and with patience, they would get their wish. They weren't wrong for the record.
Penn State finished the game with 396 rushing yards.
@coachjfranklin I think youre a great coach but your time management at the end of the half was terrible. Why call those timeouts and give them 51seconds? You could have ended the half with a TD.— Jack Weber (@webs2208) December 28, 2019
What was James Franklin thinking? Let the guy try the 51-yarder instead of trying to ice him. Memphis runs a play, gains seven and he hits a 44-yarder. As my Dad said, sometimes @coachjfranklin outsmarts himself!— Jon Walk (@OnTheMicrophone) December 28, 2019
Clock management tweets! We're a fullback tweet away from Twitter bingo.
An early third-quarter interception and Tyler Bowen was getting mentioned.
@coachjfranklin Brent Pry has to go— Tom Dougherty Jr (@TomDoughertyJr) December 28, 2019
With Ricky Rahne gone, fans have turned their attention to defensive coordinator Brent Pry.
4th and 1 and you dont go under center? @coachjfranklin— Ricky Makowski (@realprettyricky) December 28, 2019
We're getting closer to a fullback demand.
What is this optimism I have stumbled across?
He has moved on from his demand to fire Matt Limegrover.
Add that to the stat sheet lol. @coachjfranklin for one tackle. Nice form coach!— Nathan Yerges (@yergesphotog) December 28, 2019
James Franklin getting love for the double-leg takedown after he got a Gatorade shower.
Great WIN @PennStateFball !! Thank you Seniors for a memorable 4 year run! @coachjfranklin is building us the right way! We have some major studs returning... 2020 is going to be a great season! #FutureIsBright #OneAndOh #WeAre— PSU1995 (@westillarepsu) December 28, 2019
That seems like a good way to end it. Optimism will be plenty high heading into 2020. A tip of the cap to the seniors for four memorable years and getting the program to a place few thought possible. Thanks for reading and as dark as it seemed at times with Don't @ Me, it's not all that bad. Go State!