Penn State's James Franklin throws shade at Pittsburgh after 33-14 victory

Penn State's James Franklin throws shade at Pittsburgh after 33-14 victory

"For us, this was just like beating Akron", Penn State coach James Franklin said.

"I know a year ago beating us for them was like the Super Bowl", the coach said of Pitt.

According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Penn State is the clear favorite in this game, as the Nittany Lions are getting odds of -21.5 points against the Panthers. He finished with 183 all-purpose yards: 88 on 14 carries, 45 on four receptions and 50 on two kickoff returns.

The crowd of 109,898, the seventh-largest in Beaver Stadium history and the largest since 2009, was in full froth as well.

Barkley drew a mismatch when he ended up one-on-one with Pittsburgh linebacker Saleem Brightwell, who got turned around twice trying to stay in coverage.

Penn State never looked back after that touchdown, which opened an 18-point margin.

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. For good measure, he squatted 525 pounds and bench-pressed 405.

Penn State can get there by continuing to win the game-within-the-game. Barkley is seeking to become the second Heisman victor in program history after John Cappelletti in 1973.

MI 36, CINCINNATI 14 Ty Isaac ran for a career-high 133 yards and Wilton Speight threw two touchdowns to help No. 8 MI (2-0) pull away and beat visiting Cincinnati (1-1).

Penn State's defense has eight sacks and 23 tackles for loss in two games.

"You forget how much fun football can be", Nelson said afterward. "You have to believe in yourself". Penn State agreed to renew the series in July of 2011, under then AD Tim Curley and head coach Joe Paterno. Those teams also promise to hit the Nittany Lions with different styles of play. McSorley's 36-yard run set up a 10-yard touchdown pass to tight end Mike Gesicki for the second first-half score.

The Nittany Lions had taken over deep in Pittsburgh territory when senior cornerback Grant Haley returned an interception 42 yards from midfield. McSorley owns a 5/2 TD/INT ratio in his first two games of the campaign. The Panthers used a heavy ball control game plan to keep the ball away from Penn State's explosive offense and was effective, but when Penn State did have the ball they put it in the end zone while Pitt settled for field goals.

As to why Franklin mentioned Akron, Penn State beat the Zips 52-0 in their season-opener September 2.

"It just gives the offense confidence", Barkley said.

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