“I know last year for their win it was like the Super Bowl, but for us this was just like beating Akron.” These were the thoughts uttered by Penn State Head Football Coach James Franklin shortly after Penn State beat Pitt 33-14 on Saturday at State College, PA.
Could have fooled DreamBackfield.com. Penn State had “its seventh-largest crowd ever and the largest since 2009, as 109,898 packed Beaver Stadium,” a game that apparently only meant something to the state of Pennsylvania but not to the Penn State players or coaching staff.
Pitt did all it could do to give the game to the Nittany Lions. Much of the blame fell on the play of Pitt graduate transfer senior QB Max Browne and the Panther wide receivers.
On the Panthers first series, Pitt struggled to get their offense going namely due to Browne’s errant passing.
After Pitt junior WR Quadree Henderson returned the opening kickoff 17 yards to the Pitt 19, Browne started the series by handing the ball off to junior tailback Qadree Ollison. He would gain 3 yards to the Pitt 22 after which Browne would connect a 5 yard short pass to Henderson to the Pitt 27.
On the ensuing snap, Ollison gained a couple more tough yards before Browne sailed a pass way above Henderson’s head and into the arms of Penn State’s Grant Haley who returned for 42 yards to the Pitt 8.
On the next play, Penn State QB Trace McSorley found All-America TE candidate Mike Gesicki (Manahwakin, NJ) for an 8 yard TD pass. Penn State 7 Pitt 0.
After the teams traded punts, Pitt punted again before Penn State’s McSorley busted a big run for 36 yards to the Pitt 18...
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