James Franklin’s team didn’t have its best day on Saturday, but Penn State escaped with a 45-31 win over Indiana after scoring 17 points in the final four minutes.
Here’s some of what Franklin had to say afterward.
QB Trace McSorley was clearly bothered by an ankle injury and didn’t have his best game. He threw for 332 yards, two TDs and two INTs on 16 of 30 passing. But he wasn’t a threat to make plays on the ground.
Franklin: “Trace is tough, smart, resilient. He is a playmaker and the guys believe in him.”
On his team’s effort and the defense holding tough in the fourth quarter. The Nittany Lions gave up seven points in the final frame.
Franklin: “I am really proud of our guys, I would describe it as gutsy and resilient. Nobody panicked. I am proud of our defense.”
Penn State is now 8-2 and has won six straight Big Ten games for the first time since 1994. It likely controls its own destiny to a New Year’s Six bowl game, and they’ve done that with just four seniors getting significant playing time.
Franklin: “You look at our wins, every win is different. When you have a young team, that is an important trait.”
Franklin compared Penn State’s current offensive line injuries to how banged up the team’s linebackers were in September. At one point, the Nittany Lions were missing their top five at the position.
Franklin on Fries: “We were committed to going with Ryan Bates at LT, then it would have been Sterling Jenkins.”