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Penn State 17, Pitt 10: What Twitter Had To Say

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It was not pretty, but a win is a win

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There have been some ugly moments, but the Penn State Nittany Lions are 3-0. This comes after an ugly 17-10 victory over their cross state rivals the Pittsburgh Panthers.

As is always the case on Saturdays in the fall, Penn State Twitter was alive and well during the 7 point Nittany Lion victory. There were some happy folks, some unhappy folks, and a bit of everything in between. So, let’s take a look at what Twitter had to say about Penn State’s victory in their 100th, and possibly final, meeting with Pitt.

The discussion Twitter started before the game. Folks were not happy about the traffic issues one their way into State College.

Some folks in traffic even resorted to some less than legal actions.

Then there was that pesky rain delay. Thankfully, it only pushed kick off back 40 minutes. Some folks handled it with jokes, some with having flashbacks to the 2017 Michigan State, some with prayer, and others with ice cream.

In the first half Penn State’s defense left a lot to be desired. Although, an argument can be made that the inability of the Penn State offense to stay on the field and let the defense rest was a factor. Regardless, fans were not happy with the defense early on.

While the defense took some lumps, especially on third down and defending screen passes, in the first half, one player that was flying around was sophomore linebacker Micah Parsons.

With each passing week, Parsons appears to be thinking less and reacting more at linebacker.

With the offense struggling, running backs Journey Brown and Devyn Ford were able to spark things. First, with an 85-yard run from Brown to set Penn State up inside the Pittsburgh 10.

After this, without much help from the offensive line, Ford was able to find pay dirt. The true freshman’s second career rushing touchdown made it 7-0 Nittany Lions.

It appeared Penn State would be trailing 10-7 at halftime for a second consecutive week. However, on the last play of the half Jordan Stout booted a game tying 57-yard field goal.

Somehow, Virginia Tech did not have a scholarship available for Stout leading to him transferring to Penn State. Stout is now 2/2 on field goals this season with both being 50+ yards, he is also gotten a touchback on all 25 of his kick offs this season. Very quickly, Stout has become a key player for the Nittany Lions.

With the offense looking for a spark in the third quarter, true freshman running back Noah Cain provided just that. Cain carried the load both running and catching the ball on the second Nittany Lion drive of the second half. Cain would then cap the drive off with his fourth rushing touchdown in three collegiate games.

In the third quarter the Nittany Lions was better rated and flying to the ball. Once again, it was Parsons leading the way.

Parsons finished with a team high 9 tackles and 2 TFLs, he also had a pair of QB hurries and a big pass break up to prevent what would have been a huge gain for Pitt.

On the last play of the third quarterback cornerback Tariq Castro-Fields planted Pitt wide receiver Tysir Mack. This put an emphatic end to a third quarter that saw Penn State’s defense hold Pitt to 8 total yards of offense.

The officiating in this one was... we’ll call it interesting. It even drew the ire of James Franklin after the game. But there may have been no call worse than the kick catch interference call on Dan Chisena in the fourth quarter.

Thankfully, this poor call did not hurt the Nittany Lions.

With just over 5 minutes remaining in the game, Pitt had first and goal at the Penn State 1. What unfolded next was a rather remarkable sequence of events. After Penn State got three stops to create 4th and goal, instead of going for Pat Narduzzi decided to attempt a field goal that Pitt proceeded to miss. After this, Penn State fans celebrated the goal line stand while Narduzzi, rightfully so, was roasted.

Despite the missed field goal, the Panthers got one last shot to tie the game. However, as they were moving the ball Shaka Toney got a huge sack to help derail the drive.

After quarterback Kenny Pickett’s pass on the final play fell incomplete, Nittany Lion fans let out a huge sigh of relief as they began to celebrate the 17-10 victory over Pitt.

The performance of the offense, specifically the offensive line, in this game left a lot to be desired. This led to the weekly calls for Ricky Rahne and Matt Limegrover to be relieved of their duties.

While Rahne deserves some slack due to how poor the offensive line had played, all of the criticism heaped on Limegrover is 100% warranted.