Penn State scored 14 points in the first quarter, giving them 14 in the first quarter of back-to-back games for the first time since 2008, when the Nittany Lions accomplished the feat against Oregon State and at Syracuse.
Safety Jordan Whitehead and linebacker Quintin Wiringis are both out on Saturday, which means Penn State running back Saquon Barkley is going to eat.
Qadree Ollison rushed for 96 yards for the Panthers. After jumping out to a quick 14-0 lead, the Nittany Lions walked away with a 33-14 victory.
The Tar Heels managed just two shots on goal the entire night, with their best chance coming during the final minutes. As far as total yards, Pitt outgained Penn State 150-108 but the most important stat was Penn State's two touchdowns to Pitt's zero.
"I know it's something that when I think about last season I think about last year's game that stands out a lot", McSorley said.
Pittsburgh pulled off the upset in 2016 by defeating the Nittany Lions 42-39, and it seems Franklin noted the Panthers celebration.
As Penn State's starting quarterback, McSorley has always been regarded as a calm, focused and poised leader.But when the fourth-ranked Nittany Lions played Pittsburgh Saturday, McSorley admitted that his nerves affected him because he remembered the late interception he threw in the end zone previous year."I was a little bit jittery", he said. He tipped a pass from McSorley to himself, hauling it in near the Nittany Lions sideline as he fell to the ground. They also are 10-0-1 ATS in their last 11 overall. "So when we got back into the locker room at halftime, we put 14 points on the board, that's not a bad half for us but we felt like we weren't playing our best football".
"Also, having No. 26, who finished with 88 rushing yards on 14 carries to go with two touchdowns overall, certainly helps accomplish that". When you are the head coach at a spot with an enthusiastic fan base such as Penn State, the information comes pouring in from everywhere - whether it is on a social-media platform or in person - and anywhere.
Penn State Athletic Director Sandy Barbour has acknowledged the school's longtime notion that it must have at least seven home games per year. I think kind of how previous year ended, I think that was playing a lot into it.
Penn State's coverage teams never allowed All-American return man Quadree Henderson to break a big play on special teams. That being said this group was on the field for a really long time and Pitt wasn't short on long drives to show for it.
Still, he appeared to take a shot at the Panthers after Penn State evened the latest iteration of a series that dates back to 1893 at 1-1.
Defensive end Shareef Miller (48), sacks Pitt's quarterback, Max Browne (4) during the game against Pitt held at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017.