James Franklin on 0-4 start: 'I believe good will come from this'
Penn State coach James Franklin is trying to find the silver lining after his Nittany Lions have started the season 0-4.
“I believe good will come from this,” Franklin said at his weekly press conference on Tuesday afternoon. “It doesn’t feel like it right now, but I’m gonna use this as an opportunity to grow.”
Franklin: "I believe good will come from this. For my program, for our players… It doesn't feel like it right now, but I'm gonna use this as an opportunity to grow."
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Penn State will need to show growth quickly, because it’s set to face a red-hot Iowa squad this weekend. After starting 0-2, Iowa has won its last two games vs. Michigan State and Minnesota by a combined score of 84-14.
Meanwhile, the Nittany Lions have suffered narrow losses to Indiana and Nebraska but were blown out by Ohio State and Maryland.
Despite the narrow margin, the loss to the Huskers was particularly concerning. Penn State had two chances in the red zone to tie the game late in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t score. The Nittany Lions also had to bench starting quarterback Sean Clifford in that game after a pair of ugly turnovers in the first half.
Penn State and Iowa will kick off at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.