James Franklin says PSU was thrown off by a Pitt defensive tactic
Penn State’s offense came alive in the final 35 minutes against Pitt, though it wasn’t enough in a 42-39 loss.
But the Nittany Lions had a good amount of struggles with the ball early, including some tempo plays. Penn State jumped offsides on a few occasions in the first half. Coach James Franklin said a few of those plays and some lack of communication for Penn State’s offense had to do with Pitt’s defense clapping near the snap count.
“I think it had an effect on our communication early on,” Penn State’s third-year coach said. “We were going on cadence on offense, they were clapping on defense. The officials told us that was legal to do that now. And that hurt us, we jumped off offside a few times early, one 3rd-and-5 that I thought was a significant point in the game.”
The full video is below:
Pitts clapping threw off Penn State. pic.twitter.com/7ao7NVTBId
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