#4 Penn State beats Pitt in front of record crowd


Penn State football team turned a 14-3 halftime lead into a 33-14 victory over Pitt on Saturday at Beaver Stadium.

The showdown resumed last season after more than two decades, and handed Penn State a 42-39 defeat that ultimately kept the Lions out of the NCAA Playoffs.

Penn State's rivalry with Pittsburgh dates to 1893, but it took a hiatus after the 2000 game won by the Panthers. "This was just like beating Akron for us".

Penn State moved to 2-0 on the season and will likely hold on to the No. 4 ranking in the AP Poll.

Princeton (1-3) outshot the Nittany Lions 15-12, including a 12-3 advantage in the second half, but Rizzo made sure no shots from the opposition would find the back of the cage.

And at the mic stand, unprompted, the program's head football coach says that beating Pitt is just another week.

Nobody on Penn State's current roster was even born when the school's annual, always-anticipated showdown with Pitt stopped after the Lions pasted the Panthers, 57-13, in 1992.

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In the closing minutes of last year's loss, Penn State receiver DaeSean Hamilton dropped a pass from McSorley that, if caught, could have wound up going down in history as the game-winning touchdown grab.

The Panthers are coming off a 28-21 win over Youngstown State in the season opener.

"Everybody wants to build this up as a huge rivalry", Penn State guard Andrew Nelson said after the Lions lashed Pitt, 33-14.

"People kind of keep asking me about this game", Franklin said.

Penn State will next host Georgia State before getting into the Big Ten part of the schedule. Junior running back Saquon Barkley, a potential Heisman Trophy contender, rushed 14 times for 88 yards and a touchdown and also had a 46-yard touchdown reception.

On the ground, Qadree Ollison posted 91 yards and two touchdowns in 22 carries while Quadree Henderson added 77 yards in nine carries. "If you can get a fast start, come out, be productive, get points on the board as an offense, force three-and-outs and turnovers and chaos on the defensive side of the ball, then you'll be much better off throughout the rest of the game", McSorely said.

MUTE BUTTON: Though Narduzzi stressed this is just another game week, he did take the unusual step of making his players off limits to the media.