Long live the Penn State-Pitt rivalry. After Saturday’s 33-14 win against Pitt, Nittany Lions coach James Franklin said it was “just like beating Akron” in that each win stands alone.
But that wasn’t all. Franklin also said when the Panthers won last year, 42-39, he knew that for the Panthers, their victory over Penn State was like winning the “Super Bowl.”
Well, now Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi is firing back. And he’s taken a page from former first lady Michelle Obama.
“I don’t really have [one],” Narduzzi said Monday when asked for comment.
But the coach then added: “They went low, we went high.”
Pitt coach Pat Narduzzi responds to Penn State’s James Franklin comment
Narduzzi on Franklin's Akron comment:
"i really don't have (one) .. they went low, we went high."
— Will Graves (@WillGravesAP) September 11, 2017
Here was Franklin’s comment after the win, which he said people can interpret what he means “however you want.”
“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.”