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Penn State Sunday notebook: Lions fall in polls after win over Pitt

Penn State Sunday notebook: Lions fall in polls after win over Pitt

The Nittany Lions started their season with a 52-0 win over Akron a week ago and followed that by beating Pitt 33-14 for the once-heated rival's first visit to State College in almost two decades.

"I know a year ago beating us for them was like the Super Bowl", said Franklin during the post-game press conference, referencing Pitt's 42-39 win over the Nittany Lions in 2016.

"I know previous year for their win (against us), it was like the Super Bowl", Franklin said following Saturday's win.

Nevertheless, Franklin said beating the Panthers was like beating Akron.

The No. 4 Nittany Lions, fresh off a 52-0 trouncing of Akron that didn't exactly dampen fans' hopes that another championship season could be dawning, say they'll be waiting, seeking to continue the program's turnaround while exacting some revenge for that loss last season.

Princeton (1-3) outshot the Nittany Lions 15-12, including a 12-3 advantage in the second half, but Rizzo made sure no shots from the opposition would find the back of the cage. "That's what we focus on here at Penn State, and we hold ourselves to that standard".

Last year, the Nittany Lions dropped only two games in the regular season before falling to USC in the Rose Bowl. READY, SET, GO: Penn State's offense had trouble getting going early in games last season.

Frannie Crouse scored the game's only goal for Penn State (4-1) in the seventh minute, after receiving a flawless through ball in stride from teammate Charlotte Williams. I think it was the emotions of everything. Look for Penn State to run over Pitt and pick up another lopsided win. But it was 33-14 on the Beaver Stadium scoreboard and that's all that mattered to head coach James Franklin.

"He could have been a game-wrecker", Franklin said.

Last Saturday, Pitt blew a 21-0 first half lead but eventually struggled to an overtime victory against FCS opponent Youngstown State 28-21.

Backup quarterback Ben DiNucci ran for a touchdown and Alex Kessman kicked two field goals for the Panthers. It was telling for the Panthers and Narduzzi, who often points out that teams make their biggest strides between Week 1 and Week 2.

"I think just kind of the emotions of everything coming into today got the best of me at the beginning", he said. "I definitely did, due to my grandmother not being able to see this game past year". Junior running back Saquon Barkley, a potential Heisman Trophy contender, rushed 14 times for 88 yards and a touchdown and also had a 46-yard touchdown reception.



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