‘I Hope That You See Some Dominance’: Penn State Football Ready To Rebound From Ohio State Loss

James Franklin is tired of talking about Ohio State.

“This is an opportunity to take a step this week and build confidence moving forward,” Franklin said Wednesday ahead of Penn State’s matchup against Indiana. “I think there’s guys in that room that have the ability to do the job and do the job at a high level.”

Five seconds later, Franklin went into one of his strangest rants of the year in which he described the difficulties of being a head coach and dealing with the media while also dealing with player management.

The spiel, while unprompted, wasn’t totally unfair. Franklin has a difficult job managing the media. No matter what your thoughts on him as a coach are, dealing with a press scrum of 30 reporters after another loss to Ohio State isn’t easy.

But that speech from Franklin also signaled something else that he preached throughout his 15 minutes at the podium: Penn State football is ready to move on from the Ohio State loss. Indiana comes to Beaver Stadium this weekend, and Franklin wants to talk about that.

“One of the ways to move on is just to stop talking about it,” Franklin said. “The best way to move on is to focus on the next component and learn from it, which we did on Saturday night, which we did all day Sunday. But then it’s time to move on to the next opponent, learn the lessons from the game, make the corrections, and then pour all of our energy into finding a way to get a win against Indiana and playing well.”

Franklin didn’t speak about Ohio State much on Wednesday. Many of the questions he was asked about the previous games were redirected to a conversation about the coming week. But Franklin did promise one thing: a revenge tour that starts with Indiana.

That idea of getting back on track against the Hoosiers seemed to somewhat take root in most of the team, or at least most of the players that were available to the media.

What exactly would Penn State fans see on Saturday?

Both tight end Tyler Warren and linebacker Abdul Carter said that the Nittany Lions would play their normal game. There wasn’t much reason to get worked up about the Hoosiers, Penn State would be playing its normal, gritty, hard-nosed football.

Defensive tackle Hakeem Beamon seemed to have different ideas. He took a pause, laughed a little, and then answered the question.

“I hope that you see some dominance,” he said. “Now I’m not going to call it but… I’m going to say that.”

Despite the Hoosiers’ abysmal 2-5 record, the going won’t necessarily be easy for Penn State. It’ll likely be without star defensive end Chop Robinson, who exited the Ohio State game with an injury. Still, that injury doesn’t concern Beamon.

“It’s going to be next man up,” Beamon said. “It’ll be great.”

After a difficult loss, Franklin said he’s proud of the way his team reacted to the loss. Difficult losses have derailed Franklin’s teams before. This time, he said that his group is ready for the next contest.

“I’ve been pleased with how the guys have handled it and kept going,” Franklin said. “But we have to go take our frustrations out on this next opponent.”

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Joe Lister

Joe is a senior journalism major at Penn State and Onward State's managing editor. He writes about everything Penn State, especially its 10-2 football team. If you want to find him, Joe's usually watching soccer with his shirt off or at the gym with his shirt on. For dumb stuff, follow him on Twitter (iamjoelister). For serious stuff, email him ([email protected]).

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