And, well, that wasn't quite enough. However, the Panthers have the last two matchups to their names.
"It was not like a dejected feeling", McSorley said of the postgame mood, "because we got the win".
That drive alone took 8:02 off the clock, but the point is clear: You can play "keep away" from the Nittany Lions, but you better take advantage of those opportunities against one of the nation's best offenses. "Trace [McSorley] missed some throws early in the game that he normally doesn't, but we were able to get him involved in the running game early on, which I think settled us". "I've been saying the same thing for years".
Franklin stared straight into the packed media room as jaws dropped. You might want to circle it on the calendar. "It just matters what we think, and if we think it is, then it is for us, and it doesn't have to be for them". Last week we beat Akron and it was a great win. The Panthers (1-1) held on in a shootout last season when the series was renewed after a 16-year dormancy. Free safety Marcus Allen maintained, however, that it wasn't such a big deal.
McSorley said he was "jittery" to start the game.
Franklin, on the other hand, continued to maintain that the Pittsburgh game was the Lions' biggest game. "Guys had, like, grudges, a chip on their shoulder, coming into this game".
The teams haven't met in Beaver Stadium since 1999. McSorley had a look around as he emerged from the south tunnel beforehand, something he said he always does.
The Tigers controlled much of the game's possession until the 52nd minute, when Penn State picked up another penalty corner. Mike Gesicki had 58 yards and two touchdowns while Barkley contributed 54 yards in three catches.
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).
Nobody on Penn State's current roster was even born when the school's annual, always-anticipated showdown with Pitt stopped after the Lions pasted the Panthers, 57-13, in 1992.
It kind of seemed that way Saturday, too. - Quadree Henderson leaping into Brian O'Neill's arms to celebrate a first-quarter touchdown and James Conner crossing the goal line for the decisive score were some of the iconic images of Pitt's win over Penn State last September. He finished with 183 all-purpose yards: 88 on 14 carries, 45 on four receptions and 50 on two kickoff returns.