Penn State coach James Franklin is cold-blooded.
Franklin, who gave Vanderbilt some very fruitful years during his three-year tenure from 2011-13, looks to be returning Penn State to elite status. Last season, the team finished No. 7 in the AP Poll and entered this week at No. 5.
The 2-0 (now 3-0) Nittany Lions weren’t expected to get a challenge from Georgia State of the Sun Belt Conference, and they didn’t, winning the game 56-0.
However, Franklin apparently wanted to preserve that shutout, so he called a timeout just as Panthers kicker Brandon Wright made a 31-yard field goal with 11 seconds left.
Wright had to line back up and try again, and the ball sailed wide. Franklin’s team and the rest of Happy Valley loved the decision.
Georgia State attempted a field goal down 56-0 with 11 seconds left. This was the result.
— Tyler Donohue (@TDsTake) September 17, 2017
After the game, Franklin was asked about his reasoning for the timeout but denied icing Wright.
“We had our 4th-team field goal team out there, and we don’t even have a field goal block for them,” Franklin said. “Called the timeout to get 2nd team in there.”
Franklin explains why he called a timeout up 56 points. pic.twitter.com/iXgvTTvqIR
— Collegian Football (@psufootblog) September 17, 2017