3 takeaways from rivalry win over Pittsburgh

Penn State coach James Franklin savagely disses Pitt following Saturday’s victory

Saquon Barkley jogged onto the field during player introductions Saturday afternoon to a rousing ovation at Beaver Stadium, but Penn State's Heisman Trophy candidate didn't do much more running in the first half of a 33-14 win against Pittsburgh. It is. At least this week. On Saturday Pitt certainly performed better than the Zips did a week ago, but there's still something to be taken from Franklin's comments. "I took this game real personal". But its importance can't be understated. This is the Super Bowl for us because this is the game which we play Saturday. But only because it was the only one his team had this week. - Quadree Henderson leaping into Brian O'Neill's arms to celebrate a first-quarter touchdown and James Conner crossing the goal line for the decisive score were some of the iconic images of Pitt's win over Penn State last September.

At the end of the day 14 points is more than enough to win most every game, especially with this offense.

Barkley's offensive mates helped carry Penn State in the first half, most notably McSorley and tight end Mike Gesicki, regarded as perhaps the most skilled at his position in the country. In hindsight, falling to the Panthers may have kept Penn State out of the College Football Playoff. Pitt blew a three-touchdown halftime lead and needed Jester Weah's leaping grab to avoid the upset. The Panthers were a 13-point favorite coming into the game.

"I did not like the disrespect Pitt had for Penn State (last year)", redshirt sophomore defensive end Shareef Miller said. When asked if that in itself was some form of poking the team they just beat, he disagreed.

Pittsburgh pulled off the upset in 2016 by defeating the Nittany Lions 42-39, and it seems Franklin noted the Panthers celebration. "He's made big play after big play his entire career".

"You forget how much fun football can be", Nelson said afterward.

ATLANTIC 14 Jonathan Taylor ran for 223 yards and three touchdowns, Alex Hornibrook threw for 201 yards and a score, and No. 9 Wisconsin (2-0) pulled away from Florida Atlantic (0-2) for a victory at home. He's already off to a good start, putting up 246 all-purpose yards in last week's romp over the Zips. It was Penn State's second one-play scoring drive of the game.

The teams haven't met in Beaver Stadium since 1999. The Nittany Lions were outgained 342-312 in total yards. It's what happens when you get too cute. LUCKY UNDIES?: Narduzzi admits he's a little superstitious, but within reason. "When they won a year ago, it was a little too much, especially Pitt fans on social media. I'm pretty sure you'll see a lot more plays from Grant Haley and the defense".

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