James Franklin appeared to ice Georgia State’s kicker in the waning seconds of Penn State’s 56-0 win on Saturday, but he had an explanation after the game for his decision to call a timeout.
— Waiss David Aramesh (@waiss_aramesh) September 19, 2017
Franklin on trying to block the FG up 56-0 at end of the game: "Then you won't ever understand me or you won't ever understand us."
— Audrey Snyder (@audsnyder4) September 19, 2017
Franklin: "Whether it's the first play of the game or the last play of the game … we are going to fight. We have a standard."
— Cory Giger (@CoryGiger) September 19, 2017
This explanation jives with what Franklin said after the game, though this quote certainly was a more incendiary way of expressing it.
“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 told reporters after the win. “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.”
A review of the incident:
With 11 seconds left in the game, Georgia State lined up for a 31-yard field goal. Franklin called a timeout, for the aforementioned reasons, before Brandon Wright made his kick. After the timeout Wright missed.
Georgia State attempted a field goal down 56-0 with 11 seconds left. This was the result.
— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) September 17, 2017