On Saturday night at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, No. 13 Penn State did battle with the Pittsburgh Panthers. And by battle, I mean beat the ever loving snot out of Pitt. Following a 51-6 destruction of the Panthers, the Nittany Lions are now 2-0 this season.
Needless to say, Twitter had plenty to say as the game unfolded. So let’s take a look at what Twitter had to say, shall we?!
Before the game, Penn State fans were ready to go on Twitter dot com.
People were excited for the game to start, but then the Nittany Lion faithful found out that John O’Neill and his crew would be officiating the game. In the first half, O’Neill and his crew were abysmal and it did not go unnoticed on Twitter.
John O’Neill is the last ref PSU fans want calling their game!— MYERS (@2112marc) September 9, 2018
John O’Neill and his crew are the worst in the Big 10— Patrick Readdy (@PatrickReaddy) September 9, 2018
Did you guys recruit John O’Neill too???? https://t.co/ExDLQgPVjQ— TC © (@A_Cuda24) September 9, 2018
After being BSD’s MVP last week, KJ Hamler continued to make a big impact on Saturday night. He had a 32 touchdown run, 40 yards receiving and a touchdown, and 73 return yards.
KJ HAMLER— Stacy (@StacN09) September 9, 2018
Despite the final score, things did not come easy. With the Nittany Lions leading 7-6 in the second quarter the defense found themselves with their backs against the wall. But with Pitt facing 4th and 2 inside the Nittany Lion 5-yard line, the defense cracked down.
Penn State gets a huge stuff on fourth down. Shareef Miller was the one to initially blow it up. pic.twitter.com/neEBSEAuoa— Patrick Burns (@PatrickBurns_) September 9, 2018
They give to Ollison and Nick Scott, Shareef Miller, and the Lions defense don't even let him get back to the line!!! Turnover on downs!!— PSU Zone (@psu_zone) September 9, 2018
Love a good fullback, but Shareef Miller is probably not the guy Aston wants to start something with.— Patrick Koerbler (@PatKoerbler) September 9, 2018
This came after the defense also stiffened in the red zone, thanks to an interception by Amani Oruwariye giving him two on the young season.
Amani Oruwariye with another great pick for Penn State— NFL Mocks Crew (@NFLMocks) September 9, 2018
Amani Oruwariye with another pick. Pitt has 0 passing yards. pic.twitter.com/dVOPzHelfB— Patrick Burns (@PatrickBurns_) September 9, 2018
True freshman Micah Parsons had a coming out part for Penn State tonight. On top of helping to blow up a punt right before halftime that was arguably the biggest play in the game, he was all over the field on defense making tackles and terrorizing Kenny Pickett and the Pitt offense.
Micah Parsons!!!!!— Hunter (@hunterj1597) September 9, 2018
Micah Parsons in a stud.— Tyler Kleckner (@TylerKleckner) September 9, 2018
Speaking of special teams, Penn State dominated special teams. This was led by great punting from Blake Gillikin and a punt return touchdown by DeAndre Thompkins.
It's official: this is the worst special teams performance I've ever seen. DeAndre Thompkins takes the punt 39 yards to the house. pic.twitter.com/NoSaMi9608— Patrick Burns (@PatrickBurns_) September 9, 2018
Blake Gillikin is penn states best player— Tucker Corl (@TCor1) September 9, 2018
Is there a better punter in the land than Blake Gillikin?#weare— Steve Kline (@thestevekline) September 9, 2018
DeAndre Thompkins takes the punt 39 yards for the touchdown. PSU leads 30-6.— Victory Bell Rings (@VictoryBellRing) September 9, 2018
Every time Deandre Thompkins does anything I’m reminded of beating him in tennis class 3 summers ago, my finest athletic accomplishment— aaron aumiller (@aaronaumiller) September 9, 2018
Trace McSorley continued to do his thing tonight. He threw for two touchdowns and rushed for score. This makes it 30 consecutive games with a passing touchdown for Trace.
Trace McSorley is a wizard. I love that man— Trevor Nocchi (@tnocchi2) September 9, 2018
I’ll say it again TRACE MCSORLEY HEISMAN SZN— Trent Hillman (@trenthillman11) September 9, 2018
Circling back to the defense, the Nittany Lion defensive line was light years better than last week. A big part of this was the return of Kevin Givens.
That's the Kevin Givens difference— John McGonigal (@jmcgonigal9) September 9, 2018
Kevin Givens: A little quick off the snap.— Sean Fitz (@seanfitz247) September 9, 2018
Ellison Jordan was a disruptive force as well.
Shoutout Ellison Jordan. Kid is coming back from an injury, and has played really well this season. Just caused that hold.— Patrick Koerbler (@PatKoerbler) September 9, 2018
Kudos to Ellison Jordan for drawing that!— Marty (@msj41817) September 9, 2018
Safety! Ellison Jordan credited with the safety on a hold in the end zone. #PennState leads 23-6.— Kris Petersen (@GoPSUKris) September 9, 2018
Oh, let’s not forget about quarterback Sean Clifford. The redshirt freshman quarterback threw his first career pass tonight and connected with Brandon Polk for a 34-yard touchdown in the process.
One play on the field for Sean Clifford and just like that, TD baby— Andrew Roland (@HannibalADog) September 9, 2018
The young fella Sean Clifford throwing DIMES— Tom Wendell (@tomwendell) September 9, 2018
The Pitt faithful were less than happy with Saturday’s outcome.
Can’t spell Pathetic without Pitt.— SuckMeter (@SuckMeter) September 9, 2018
This might be my lowest point as a Pitt fan, even more than when we lost to Youngstown State.— Dustin (@Dust5114) September 9, 2018
this play selection at HOME in a HISTORIC RIVALY GAME by Narduzzi is disgusting.— senior stan (@stanthenigerian) September 9, 2018
this is more embarrassing that Johnny Majors second coming when he would punt on 3rd down— John Welch (@johnbrianwelch) September 9, 2018
WHY WON'T PEOPLE CALL OUT NARDUZZI?— Shane (@geis_shane) September 9, 2018
Meanwhile, the rest of Twitter was impressed with Penn State.
Penn State was not playin around— Paris Davis (@davisparis25) September 9, 2018
Pennstate looked gooooood tonight— Kaitlin Tomassoni (@ktomassoni1) September 9, 2018
Wow what a blast. Penn State by a million in a monsoon. Ill be buzzing off that call for awhile!!— Mitch Stewart (@mitchystew) September 9, 2018
Tonight was a lot of fun. Penn State is 2-0. It’s Kent State week.