Penn State beat rival Pitt, 33-14, Saturday afternoon at Beaver Stadium. The No. 4 Nittany Lions turned aside the Panthers one year after losing on the road.
Quarterback Trace McSorley threw 3 touchdowns passes and running back Saquon Barkley scored twice. Tight end Mike Gesicki also caught 2 touchdowns passes.
Here’s what Nittany Lions coach James Franklin said after Penn State’s win.
Penn State coach James Franklin after beating Pitt
On beating Pitt:
“I know last year beating us for them was like the Super Bowl. For us this was just like beating Akron. I’ve been saying for two years that each win is like the Super Bowl for us. Last week, we beat Akron, and it was a great win. This win, we beat Pittsburgh and it was a great win. This win is no more significant to us than last week. You can interpret it however you want. Each win stands alone.”
On the game:
“I thought we played a very complete game. Our offense is very explosive and that’s kind of how we were today.”
On the offense and defense:
“I want to see us sustain some more drives, but overall we showed we can score at any moment. On defense, I thought they did a great job holding them [Pitt] to field goals early on.”
“Our offense and our game plans in this RPO system is to take what the defense gives. They were using a lot of interior pressures [to] take our running game, our inside tackles away. We did some things to get the ball on the perimeter. Very, very pleased, very, very impressed with what we were able to do.”
On the slow start to passing game:
“We were a little off. Trace missed some throws early in the game that he normally doesn’t, but were able to get him into the running game early on, which settled us down.”
On the defense:
“Our defense was on the field a lot, but were able to hold them to field goals most [of] the game. We played a lot of guys again, which is going to be important for us moving forward.”
On 14 touches for Barkley, and if kick returns are a way to get him more touches:
“For us, we very rarely just call a run. Depending on what the defense does, we can pull the ball, the quarterback can keep it. The positive is, when Saquon gets it, he’s usually running into a good look. He has a chance, whenever he touches the ball, he has a chance for an explosive play. When we use him, it’s got to be worth it.”