Penn State football’s 41-13 win at Northwestern Saturday was the definition of “no-hum.”
They came. They saw. They struggled early. But, eventually, they conquered a vastly inferior opponent by four touchdowns. Yawn.
But days after the game, people are still talking about QB Beau Pribula’s late touchdown pass to Trey Potts.
With 2:20 left, Pribula hit Potts for a 30-yard score to give Penn State a bigger lead and a back door cover (the spread was between -26.5 and -27.5 for Penn State).
Through five games, this is the second time coach James Franklin and company have been accursed of running up the score. The first was in the season opener, when Pribula ran in for a short touchdown on the game’s last play— which also have Penn State a back door cover against West Virginia.
Just like it was then, there are a few different opinions on the latest back door cover.
Let's get something straight.
James Franklin and Penn State do not run up the score.
College football is not like the NFL. You don't get rewarded for simply winning your games. It's how you win and by how much.
* Every * point matters, and Franklin…
— Zach Seyko (@zach_seyko) October 2, 2023
A Northwestern fan behind the PSU sideline called James Franklin a “bleeping coward” after Pribula’s TD pass.
Can probably fill in the blank.
— Joe Smeltzer (@joesmeltzer775) September 30, 2023
So what do you think? Did Penn State run up the score, or was it just a case of getting the backups some time to shine?