James Franklin addresses Week 1 performance from Penn State's offensive line
Penn State barely squeaked out a win on Saturday, just inching past Purdue 35-31 in the last moments of a thrilling game.
The Lions’ offense struggled offensively versus the Boilermakers, with QB Sean Clifford throwing an interception for a pick-6 that almost cost the Lions the game.
Penn State also struggled with the run game, the most explosive run play being a weak 12 yards. It was far from the explosive plays that head coach James Franklin has been focusing on. After the game, Franklin spoke to the press, acknowledging a lackluster offensive line.
Franklin on the offensive line's performance against Purdue: "I thought that the majority of the offensive linemen played well…Watching the tape, we had a few chances for more explosive runs."
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Franklin followed up, saying “I think we took a step, but there’s still work that needs to be done.” Indeed, if Penn State is to survive regular season contests against the likes of Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State, there is still a long way to go.