Everyone inside Beaver Stadium was scratching their head last night. James Franklin’s decision to hand the ball off to Miles Sanders on a 4th-and-5 with the game on the line and down by a point was downright baffling.
A few Penn State fans let Franklin know how much they disapproved his decision. And the Nittany Lions head coach wasn’t happy about it.
While Franklin and the players were walking off the field, one fan yelled “4th-and-five, you should have passed it, Coach. That’s a bad call.”
Franklin heard the comment and fired back “I appreciate your input.” Then, Franklin stared down the fan and appeared to try to make a move to approach him. But someone was able to grab the head coach and move him to the locker room.
Here’s the video, captured by PennLive.com.
— Penn State Football (@psufootball) September 30, 2018
James Franklin had a heated exchange with a Penn State fan, who like many of you blowing up my mentions wasn’t happy with the 4th down call. pic.twitter.com/PWzTyaDSNJ
— Audrey Snyder (@audsnyder4) September 30, 2018
The decision to run the ball was extremely odd, especially with how well quarterback Trace McSorley had played. Sanders was stuffed as soon as he took the handoff, ending any hopes of a victory for the Lions.
Penn State fell to 4-1 on the season and 1-1 in the conference with the loss.
After the game, Franklin said “Obviously, we should have called something different.”