5 overreactions from win over Pitt

Mens Soccer Christian Sload

In 2016, the Pittsburgh Panthers beat the Penn State Nittany Lions in an instant classic, 42-39.

As for the larger debate - the rivalry-or-not-a-rivalry discussion that has been beaten to death - coach James Franklin rekindled it during his postgame remarks by saying, "I know previous year for their win it was like the Super Bowl, but for us this was just like beating Akron (by a 52-0 count in the opener)".

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

It took 16-minutes of play in the second half before Penn State could add to the score as Aurelia Meijer capitalized on the penalty corner, with help from Moira Putsch and Maddie Morano, to make it a 2-0 Nittany Lion lead. He tipped a pass from McSorley to himself, hauling it in near the Nittany Lions sideline as he fell to the ground.

"We're just going to play football", Narduzzi said. In hindsight, falling to the Panthers may have kept Penn State out of the College Football Playoff.

Penn State will travel to Lewisburg on Tuesday for a clash against Bucknell at 7 p.m., followed by the Nittany Lions' first Big Ten game of the year at home against Iowa on Friday at 5 p.m.

Yet Wright played pretty well in Nelson's place down the stretch last season, and there's something to be said, in offensive line play, for getting five guys out there and having them gel together.

McSorley hit Gesicki on a 10-yard fade route to give Penn State a 14-0 lead later in the quarter.

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

McSorley said he was "jittery" to start the game. It was James Franklin's third year in State College, and after the loss at Pitt, it seemed as if another year of rebuilding might be in store. "That's something that I think is kind of a silver lining for us, that we can keep pushing toward that".

Pitt actually outgained the Lions on offense and had a huge advantage in time of possession, but Penn State's defense made big stops all afternoon.

After a 6-for-15 first half Saturday, McSorley settled down in the second, and finished 15 of 28 for 164 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.

"The defence is tremendous - that's why we are what we are", Barkley told ABC sideline reporter Holly Rowe post-game.

There's running back Saquon Barkley, a Heisman hopeful. "The explosive plays just don't happen if you're calling a deep shot".

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