February 24 2018

Penn State 33, Pitt 14: What we learned

February 24 2018, 05:57 | Sammy Rose

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"I really didn't even think of it that way". But its importance can't be understated. "We came into this game prepared, and ready to play". But only because it was the only one his team had this week.

Saquon Barkley racked up 183 all-purpose yards and scored two touchdowns on 20 total touches, and Trace McSorley completed 15 of 28 passes for 164 yards, three touchdowns and an interception for the Nittany Lions (2-0). At the time, Penn State was unproven, 1-1 after the loss and still recovering from the Jerry Sandusky scandal and a rotating cast of coaches over the past five seasons.

But when that is clicking, the talk of an NCAA football championship grows loud in State College, Pa.

"The only thing I felt disrespected previous year about realistically was just how the Pitt fans reacted", Barkley said. They also are 10-0-1 ATS in their last 11 overall. Pitt blew a three-touchdown halftime lead and needed Jester Weah's leaping grab to avoid the upset. After Arkansas fumbled the ensuing kickoff, Olonilua added an exclamation point, running in from 13 yards out and carrying multiple cardinal jerseys with him.

In the third quarter, Barkley isolated himself on a linebacker, circling his route to open space over the middle for an easy 46-yard touchdown reception that gave Penn State a 21-3 lead. I think just overall, our defense, that's the kind of team we want to be.

Pittsburgh visits State College to face Nittany Lions for first time since 1999.

It may not play in Pittsburgh, but Franklin stood behind his comment as an extension of his coaching staff's philosophy: The next game on the schedule is the biggest of the season.

Said Haley: "That's the mindset you have to have: Score no matter what".

Along with Weah, wide receiver Quadree Henderson, tailbacks Qadree Ollison and Darrin Hall were crucial for the win. He's already off to a good start, putting up 246 all-purpose yards in last week's romp over the Zips.

Penn State has played far worse over the past five years on offense than it did Saturday so it's hard to knock it down any farther than this. The game kicks off at 3:30 PM EST in Beaver Stadium, Pennsylvania. That changed Saturday when Penn State handed the Panthers a 33-14 loss. The Nittany Lions were outgained 342-312 in total yards. Jumping on a young Pitt team early in a hostile environment is a priority. "They're just games in my eyes, another opportunity to go out and get better". LUCKY UNDIES?: Narduzzi admits he's a little superstitious, but within reason.

"I don't see playing Pitt every year", Barbour said in May.

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