There were missed opportunities, momentary struggles, long stretches when McSorley and Co. were marooned on the sidelines while the Panthers controlled the ball. However, the Panthers have the last two matchups to their names.
"We felt we could get the edge on these guys and jump on them (in the second half)", Barkley said. It was one of those where, like, it didn't feel like one where we put 33 points on the board. "If we had to go out there 10 times more, then we had to go out there and get it done, so that's what it is". "That's something that I think is kind of a silver lining for us, that we can keep pushing toward that". Max Browne threw for the 140 yards and had a touchdown on 17-of-24 passing in the win.
"I think with how a year ago ended, I think that was kind of playing a lot into it", McSorley said.
While Penn State did ultimately pull out a win against its in-state rival, and No. 2 Ohio State ultimately lost to Oklahoma at home, it's far from a lock to win the Big Ten for a second year in the row if they continue to deliver sub-par defensive performances.
Franklin stared straight into the packed media room as jaws dropped. "For us this year, it was like beating Akron". "You can interpret this however you want". When asked if that in itself was some form of poking the team they just beat, he disagreed. "We were happy to win, but there were no hard feelings". The Panthers (1-1) held on in a shootout last season when the series was renewed after a 16-year dormancy.
Instead, they've scheduled games against West Virginia and Virginia Tech, two programs that are certainly not moving the needle nationally any more than Pitt is. The game kicks off at 3:30 PM EST in Beaver Stadium, Pennsylvania. McSorley had a look around as he emerged from the south tunnel beforehand, something he said he always does.
"That's the mind-set you have to have", Barkley said. "I've had tons of injuries throughout my career, and it's just that mental aspect of always putting in so much work and not feeling like you're getting the fruits of your labor".
But the offense, which gained just 312 total yards, took a backseat to the Penn State defense and special teams for a change.
It kind of seemed that way Saturday, too.
Moyer also noted Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi referred to the game against Penn State as "gigantic" before his team pulled off the upset.
That made it 28-6. "I was joking around with Grant saying that you got to find a way to get into the endzone and get your knees up, but I think the defense did a great job today", junior running back Saquon Barkley added. "It's not as big of a factor as it's been in the past, but for us, we are mainly anxious about the scoreboard".