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Poll: Was Penn State Right to Go for Late Touchdown at Northwestern?

EVANSTON, IL - SEPTEMBER 30: Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin shouts at Penn State Nittany Lions players during the college football game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Northwestern Wildcats on September 30, 2023 at Ryan Field in Evanston, IL. (Photo by Ben Hsu/Icon Sportswire)

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.

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?

Was Penn State right to go for late TD at Northwestern?

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