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James Franklin slights Pitt after Penn State's win

10 September 2017, 09:23 | Ken Black

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"Guys had grudges, a chip on their shoulder coming into this game, like myself", Allen said. "And I understand the significance of this game, and I understand the importance of this game". I took that to heart. "They give you a game plan and you've just got to execute it".

"I don't think there's a rivalry, to be honest", Penn State offensive lineman guard Ryan Bates told ESPN's Josh Moyer.

The place was sold out, and Penn State won the 98 meeting against the team it has played against the most, but this was Franklin's stance and he was sticking to it. If the offense is not getting it done, we have to pick them back up. McSorley's 36-yard run set up a 10-yard touchdown pass to tight end Mike Gesicki for the second first-half score. He marched the offense down the field last season at will and looked nearly unstoppable in this year's season opener.

This game didn't have the flair or as many fireworks like the previous one, however. While Penn State didn't splash Beaver Stadium with big chunks, the Lions were efficient and productive enough to put Pitt away early. McSorley finished 15 of 28 for 164 yards and ran for another 65 yards, a bit of redemption after his late end-zone interception against the Panthers last September halted a frantic comeback.

Max Browne drops back for a pass in the first half.

"The only thing I felt disrespected previous year about realistically was just how the Pitt fans reacted", Barkley said. He also threw an interception.

"I think it left kind of a bitter taste in everyone's mouth, but you know, last year is last year", senior safety Troy Apke said.

The game started much easier for him.

Coach James Franklin spoke almost 7,000 words this week about the showdown.

KANSAS STATE 55, CHARLOTTE 7 Kendall Adams scored two defensive touchdowns in the first half to propel No. 19 Kansas State (2-0) over visiting Charlotte (0-2). Gesicki also made three snags, including touchdowns of 8 and 10 yards. Darrin Hall rushed for 52 yards in 13 carries.

The crowd for last year's game at Heinz Field, almost 70,000, was the biggest in Pitt's modern history. We put 14 points on the board and that's not a bad half, but for us, we felt like we weren't playing our best football. Alex Kessman added a pair of field goals for the Panthers (1-1). Franklin and Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi tried to outdo each other in downplaying how the outcome will resonate beyond Saturday. "You're put in a position where you're going to throw it every down, that's not us".

Another Saturday, another dominating performance by Penn State. He returned to start Saturday, recording two sacks.

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