Penn State found itself in a battle against Appalachian State in the season opener on Saturday, but the Nittany Lions prevailed, thanks to some huge plays late in the game.

Everyone expected Penn State to run through the Mountaineers, but some defensive struggles in the second half were detrimental to the Lions. PSU needed a late touchdown and an interception in overtime to secure the 1-0 start.

Now, it’s on to Week 2 as Penn State prepares for a primetime rivalry game against Pitt. Here’s what James Franklin said at his weekly press conference Tuesday:

On the close win over Utah State:

On playing rival Pitt in Week 2:

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On individual performances: