With his team trailing Penn State 56-0 and 11 seconds remaining, Georgia State kicker Brandon Wright lined up for a 31-yard field goal and a shot to at least get his team on the scoreboard.
But even up 56 points, Penn State coach James Franklin wasn’t conceding anything.
Georgia State snapped the ball, and Wright launched a kick through the uprights, but Franklin got a timeout in just under the wire.
And it worked.
Wright missed his next attempt at the kick. Penn State got the ball back and kneeled to end the game.
Georgia State attempted a field goal down 56-0 with 11 seconds left. This was the result.
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A reporter asked Franklin after the game if he was frustrated with Georgia State’s decision to try to get on the scoreboard one last time. His response: “No, I get it. I get it. I’m worried about my team.”
Speaking to reporters after the game, Franklin denied he tried to ice Wright.
“It had to do with we had our fourth team on the field, and we didn’t have a fourth-team field goal block,” Franklin said. “They didn’t even really know how to get lined up with the mix-and-match guys that we had in there. So, we called timeout to get the second-team field goal block in there. And that’s just kinda how it played out, to be honest with you.”
Franklin explains why he called a timeout up 56 points. pic.twitter.com/iXgvTTvqIR
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