“I think the thing that probably jumps out to me is essentially this same team went to Wisconsin last year and was leading in the fourth quarter,” said Franklin. “Obviously they are a talented team.”
Georgia State has dominant wide receivers and is a leader in running the ball. Penn State’s defense most certainly has a challenging game ahead of them.
Last weekend, the Georgia State Panthers fell to Tennessee State 17-10. Panther quarterback Conner Manning completed 14 of 17 passes for 159 yards, but was injured in the third quarter and was unable to play in the fourth.
Running back Taz Bateman caught six passes for 74 yards and one touchdown, and will be one of the bigger threats that the Lions’ defense will face this weekend.
On the Penn State side of things, linebacker Koa Farmer (Lake View Terrace, Calif.) is feeling good about this weekend, but recognizes the speedy threat that Georgia State will bring to Beaver Stadium.
“I think our offense is very explosive and Georgia State has explosive players, as well,” said Farmer. “They are fast and athletic. That's just something on our defense that we have to contain.”
Farmer continued on to say that after some missed opportunities and plays against Pitt, the team paid special attention to the details and little things in practice this past week.
“Coach Franklin always talks about how if we each get one percent better, how much better as a whole we're going to be: running to the football, finishing tackles, wrapping up, playing with personality and things like that,” noted Farmer. “I think that's one thing that we can work on each week.”
Coach Franklin thanked the nearly 110,000 fans who came to the Pitt game for their white out spirit - it had been since 2009 that Beaver Stadium had so many attendees for a game.
Franklin has now asked at least 107,000 fans to come out strong this Saturday evening to cheer the Lions on to another victory. Because, as we all know, when Beaver Stadium is packed, there is no other environment like it in college football.
Get your tailgating gear ready and wash your finest game day clothes, Penn State, because it is going to be a long and exciting day with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff in Beaver Stadium against the Georgia State Panthers this Saturday. Good luck, Lions!