Penn State Football wins third straight against Spartans 39-24

STATE COLLEGE, PA - DECEMBER 12: Penn State Nittany Lions players celebrate with the Land Grant Trophy after the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Beaver Stadium on December 12, 2020 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
STATE COLLEGE, PA - DECEMBER 12: Penn State Nittany Lions players celebrate with the Land Grant Trophy after the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Beaver Stadium on December 12, 2020 in State College, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /
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A testament to what Franklin has built

Penn State started this season 0-5 for the first time in program history and it would have been very easy for certain draft eligible juniors and seniors to opt out of the remainder of the season.

Despite the nightmare start, not a single Nittany Lion opted out.

That is a nod to what coach James Franklin has built in Happy Valley. This team believes in him, believes in each other, and a two score deficit at half time put that to the test today.

Penn State received the opening kick of the second half, down 11 points and with more questions then answers. They came out and went up and down the field offensively, while the defense held up their end of the bargain and got key stops.

Against a 2-4 Michigan State squad it would have to pack it in and accept yet another defeat. Instead, this team showed the resolves we have seen over the past two weeks, fighting back to not only win but dominate the Spartans and win by 15 points.

If their was ever a question if Franklin was the right guy for the job, it was answered today as this team fought back and never quit, winning their third straight and building momentum into week 9.