PSU news by
Penn State's student blog

Topics

About

Franklin Takes Responsibility in His First Loss

It’s an inevitable first, but one inevitably hard to swallow.

James Franklin suffered his first loss as Penn State’s head football coach Saturday afternoon, a 29-6 thumping by Northwestern.

Franklin took the blame for nearly all of his team’s shortcomings, and vowed to fix them.

“We will get this fixed. I promise you and guarantee you that,” he said. “I take full responsibility.”

Throughout his postgame press conference, which was noticeably shorter than those following victories, Franklin remained confident and collected, his voice never trailing, his answers never indirect. Still, his voice reflected disappointment, and at times mild anger. He looked tired, a towel draped over his sweaty shoulder.

“We’re too one-dimensional right now,” he said, a reference to his Nittany Lions’ inability to run the ball.

Christian Hackenberg threw 45 passes and was sacked on four occasions. Penn State ran the ball only 25 times; ten of those were scrambles in which Hackenberg was forced from the pocket.

“He’s taking too many hits,” said Franklin. “We have to get that resolved.”

Franklin said he needed to watch tape before further addressing the play of his offensive line, which he labeled an area of concern before the season started. Despite its inexperience, the line had performed admirably in the first four games. Saturday, it was finally cracked.

“I love those kids,” he said with vigor. “Those kids care about this team and Christian Hackenberg and playing better than anybody.”

Franklin is an emotional coach. During games, especially last-minute wins against Central Florida and Rutgers, he could be seen jumping in celebration, embracing his players.

Today, Franklin was markedly subdued on the sidelines. There wasn’t much to celebrate.

The special teams unit was inconsistent, he said. The tacklers weren’t wrapping up, the punt team should have flipped the field, and the run game wasn’t sufficiently aggressive.

For each error he highlighted, Franklin took fault for it.

“We’ve come back and rallied late in games,” he said. “You can only do that so many times.”

Franklin said he initially planned to outline the bye week schedule with his players immediately after the game, as practice begins once again on Sunday. But Franklin wasn’t ready to move on quite yet.

“I wanted to talk about how much I cared about them, and that we need to get these things fixed,” he said.

About the Author

Ben Berkman

State College, PA

Comments

More by Ben

Nassib Healthy To ‘Kick Some Ass,’ Johnson And Hackenberg Seek Pro Evaluations

James Franklin made two things clear before the Lions travel South: Carl Nassib is 100 percent healthy for a game for the first time in more than a month, and Christian Hackenberg and Austin Johnson have both applied for draft evaluations from the NFL.

Gameday Observations: Return To Rec

Penn State Stomps Canisius, 81-67, In First Of Two Rec Hall Showdowns

Athletics

Incoming Penn State Track & Field Athlete Kristian Marche Shot To Death In Philadelphia

The incident surrounding Marche’s death is “under investigation,” according to the Philadelphia police department.

Former Women’s Gymnastics Coach Files Lawsuit Against Penn State Over Handling Of Abuse Allegations

Men’s Soccer Trio, Reading United Win PDL Eastern Conference Title, Fall Short Of National Championship

Penn State Hockey’s Evan Barratt, Aarne Talvitie Participate In World Junior Summer Showcase

Ally McHugh Wins 400 Medley National Championship

Student Life

Nike Releases New Penn State Sneakers

This year’s sneaker is available to purchase online for $109.99.

Penn State Parking Office Runs Into Student Permit Purchase Issues

Girirajan Lab Seeks To Bridge The Gap Between Fly And Human Genomes

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Join Onward State: Fall 2018 Application

Onward State is hiring for the fall semester and we’d love to have you join us.

Fall Move-In Traffic & Construction Changes

When 40,000 students need to move back to State College over the course of four days or so, things are bound to get crazy.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

Assessing Penn State’s Front Seven Following Tuesday’s Medical Retirements

Penn State’s defensive line rotation will be shaken up following Ryan Buchholz’s medical retirement from football, while the coaching staff is letting the linebackers duel it out during camp.

Send this to a friend